General Motors’ CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario will remain closed until mid-August.
The CAMI Assembly plant was set to come back online next week following a scheduled two-week summer shutdown, however the automaker has now confirmed that it will extend the downtime until August 16th. The announcement comes as GM implements downtime at several of its other North American plants due to the ongoing semiconductor shortage, including the San Luis Potosi and Ramos Arizpe plants in Mexico and Lansing Delta Township and Spring Hill plants in the U.S.
CAMI Assembly was closed from February 8th through to June 14th, reopening for a brief period until it once again closed for a usual two-week summer shut down on July 2nd. The plant currently builds the Chevy Equinox compact crossover, but will eventually be re-tooled to produce the BrightDrop EV600 electric utility van starting late next year. GM has hired a third-party contractor to build the EV600 vans in the meantime while it prepares the CAMI facility to produce them.
GM is prioritizing its full-size trucks and SUVs amid the semiconductor shortage, which represent its most popular and profitable products. The automaker’s full-size truck plants in Flint, Michigan, Fort Wayne, Indiana and Silao, Mexico are all running regular production hours, the automaker confirmed to The Detroit Free Press this week, as is the Arlington Assembly plant in Texas that builds its full-size SUV models.
GM continues to leverage every available semiconductor to build and ship our most popular and in-demand products, including full-size trucks and SUVs for our customers,” the automaker said in a statement previously. “We continue to work closely with our supply base to find solutions for our suppliers’ semiconductor requirements and to mitigate impacts on GM.”