Production at the Tennessee facility will pause on August 23rd and is expected to resume on September 6th. The Spring Hill plant has experienced recurring shutdowns amid the semiconductor chip shortage, and was previously shut down from July 19th through to August 9th. That previous shutdown was initially expected to end on August 2nd, however GM was forced to extend downtime by a further seven days as it struggled to secure the components it needed.
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.
Plants like the Spring Hill facility have taken the brunt of chip-related shutdowns, with GM prioritizing these components for its full-size pickup truck and SUV models, which are by far and away its most popular and profitable vehicles. GM CFO Paul Jacobson said previously the automaker would also prioritize its EV models amid the chip shortage, however it announced this week it would idle the Orion Assembly plant in Michigan due to a lack of chips. The Orion plant currently produces the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV and the related 2022 Bolt EV.
Going forward, the GM Spring Hill plant will be an important part of the automaker’s electrification strategy. The facility is currently undergoing a $2 billion renovation in order to produce EVs and will begin producing the Cadillac Lyriq 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.