Production at the Fort Wayne facility was offline between April 4th and April 15th due to supply constraints stemming from the semiconductor chip shortage, according to company spokesman Dan Flores. The majority of GM’s North American plants have been running on regular production schedules since November 1st, 2021 after semiconductor shortages interrupted production throughout much of last year, however there is still a slight shortage of automotive-grade chips affecting GM and other automakers.
While the Fort Wayne Assembly plant was idled for the past two weeks, production of the Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 continued at the GM Silao Assembly plant in Mexico during this time. The refreshed 2022 Silverado 1500 will also enter production alongside the Silverado HD at the GM Oshawa Plant in Canada later this spring, serving as the third North American facility where the light-duty Silverado is produced. The GMC Sierra will not be produced at Oshawa Assembly.
Like other GM products, the automaker had previously limited the availability of certain electronic features for the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra as it sought to cut back on the number of chips it used per unit. Some features that have limited availability for both nameplates included ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats and front and rear park assist, among more. Certain features were recently added back to the pickups’ order books as the chip supply improved, including heated seats and heated steering wheels.
The GM Fort Wayne plant in Indiana is a 4.6 million-square-foot facility sitting on 716 acres of land. It employs 3129 hourly workers and 335 salaried workers for a total estimated workforce of 4,464. Workers there are represented by UAW Local 2209.