General Motors has announced it will idle its Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee until August 9th. The facility currently produces the Cadillac XT5 crossover, along with the closely related Cadillac XT6 and GMC Acadia.
GM temporarily shut the Spring Hill Assembly plant down on July 19th due to a shortage of semiconductor chips and had originally planned to reopen the facility on August 2nd. It announced this week it will implement another week of downtime at the plant, however, with the facility now expected to reopen on August 9th.
GM has been grappling with a shortage of semiconductor chips throughout 2021, which has hampered the automaker’s production output and forced it to temporarily idle several of its North American plants. The automaker is prioritizing its chips for its most popular and profitable vehicles, which include full-size trucks like the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, as well as its line of full-size SUVs.
The GM Spring Hill plant is a 7.9 million square foot facility sitting on 2,000 acres of land located just south of Nashville. The plant employs 2,764 hourly workers and 411 salaried workers for a total workforce size of 3,175. Employees at Spring Hill are represented by UAW Local 1853.
The Spring Hill plant will be an important part of GM’s future electrification strategy, with the facility set to undergo a $2 billion renovation in order to produce EVs. The first GM EV to be produced at the plant will be the Cadillac Lyriq, which will enter production early next year. GM will also build an electric Acura crossover on behalf of technology partner Honda at the facility, which will utilize the automaker’s Ultium battery pack design and Ultium Drive electric motors.