According to The Detroit Free Press, GM was forced to cancel the second shift at its Lansing Delta Township plant on Wednesday due to parts shortages stemming from the bridge blockage, as well as the first shift on Thursday morning. GM spokesman Dan Flores told the Free Press the automaker is currently “working closely with our logistics providers to mitigate any potential impacts to our production and operations,” for the remainder of the week.
The Delta Township plant builds the Buick Enclave and Chevy Traverse crossovers. The facility, which spans 3.2 million square feet and sits on a 320-acre plot of land, employs roughly 2277 hourly workers and 244 salaried workers.
GM was able to keep its Flint Assembly plant open this week after it rerouted trucks from the Ambassador Bridge to another Michigan border entrance, UAW Local 598 Shop Chairman Eric Welter told the newspaper, though he expressed concern GM would be forced to idle the facility if the bridge blockade continues. The Flint plants builds the Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD heavy-duty pickups.
The trucker protest against pandemic mandates, which descended on the Canadian border city earlier this week, has hampered the free flow of traffic at the Ambassador Bridge and prevented trucks from crossing the border. The Windsor protest is an extension of a separate albeit related gathering in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, which initially began as a protest against a cross-border vaccine mandate for truckers. The protest has since transformed into a catch-all protest against various pandemic mandates and restrictions.
An automotive industry expert said earlier this week the Canadian automotive industry could sustain a two-day closure of the U.S.-Canada border before vehicle production would be heavily impacted. The protest blockade at the Ambassador Bridge has been in place since Sunday.