According to a recent report from the Lansing State Journal, production at the Lansing Delta Township facility will be idled starting July 19th. The production shutdown is expected to last through the end of the month. Workers were notified of the production stoppage Thursday morning.
The Lansing Delta Township facility is just one of several GM facilities undergoing production shutdowns this month. In addition to production cuts for the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave, GM has also been forced to cut production of the Chevy Malibu and Cadillac XT4 at its Fairfax Assembly plant in Kansas, which is not expected to come back online until August. Production of the Cadillac CT4 and Cadillac CT5 sedans at GM’s Lansing Grand River Assembly plant have also been affected, although production of the Chevy Camaro at Grand River continues. Limited production of the Cadillac Blackwing performance sedans is also moving forward.
In response to the global microchip shortage, General Motors has prioritized production of its most popular and profitable models, including its full-size pickup trucks, such as the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, and its latest full-size SUVs, including the Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade.
In order to keep these critical models rolling off the production line, General Motors has cut back on the availability of certain features, including Active Fuel Management and Dynamic Fuel Management, as well as HD Radio. GM has also adopted a “build-shy strategy” wherein vehicles are produced in an unfinished state, then parked as new microchips are sourced to complete the vehicles before they are shipped out.
General Motors is currently seeking to secure supply contracts with microchip manufacturers to avoid a possible shortage in the future.