General Motors has confirmed it will reschedule some overtime shifts at various North American assembly plants after observing a slight improvement in the semiconductor chip supply in the United States.
According to The Detroit News, GM will schedule weekend overtime shifts at the following assembly plants starting on Monday, November 1st:
- Fort Wayne Assembly
- Silao Assembly
- Wentzville Assembly
- Lansing Grand River Assembly
- Lansing Delta Township
- Arlington Assembly
GM spokesman David Barnas said that while the automaker has observed a slight improvement in the chip supply, the situation remains fluid and may still be subject to change.
”We are making some weekend overtime scheduling adjustments at our plants in November,” Barnas said. “Although the situation remains complex and very fluid, we remain confident in our team’s ability to minimize the impact of the semiconductor shortages that have been impacting the industry.”
In a memo sent to employees last week, which was obtained by The Detroit News, Fort Wayne Plant Executive Director Gary Duff confirmed the “current availability of our semiconductor supply has improved,” and said the plant would be adding Saturday overtime for all three shifts on November 6th and November 20th due to the “high demand” for the products built there. Fort Wayne Assembly produces GM’s light-duty pickups, which include the Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500.
GM has been working to shield its most popular and profit-heavy models from the effects of the microchip shortage, which include its full-size trucks and SUVs. This change is a good sign the chip situation is improving for the automaker, as it adds an overtime shift at two of its pickup plants, Fort Wayne and Silao, as well as Arlington Assembly, which is its only full-size SUV plant. The Wentzville Assembly plant is another important site for GM, as it produces the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickups.