A ruptured sewer line was discovered at the GM Delta Township plant in Michigan on Monday, but did not impact production at the facility.
The ruptured sewer line is believed to have been damaged as a result of ongoing construction work in the area around the assembly plant, GM spokesman Eric Lacy told the Lansing State Journal, and has since been shut down while GM makes repairs to the line. Surface water lines were not affected. It’s not clear if any flooding occurred as a result of the ruptured line.
While this problem may have impacted production at the GM Delta Township facility, the plant was already closed this week for a pre-planned shutdown. Production at the facility is scheduled to restart next month and is not expected to be impacted by the ruptured sewer line.
GM announced in January that it would invest $510 million in the GM Delta Township plant to support production of the next-generation Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave, as well as the next-generation GMC Acadia. GM has planned 11 weeks of downtime at the Delta Township plant this year, which will be used to perform these upgrades and change the plant tooling. This downtime will also be used to move production of the GMC Acadia crossover from the Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee to the Lansing plant. The Acadia is leaving Spring Hill as GM begins producing the battery-electric Cadillac Lyriq crossover there.
The GM Delta Township plant is a 3.6 million square foot facility that sits on 320 acres of land in Michigan. The facility, which includes a metal stamping plant in addition to the vehicle assembly line, employs roughly 2,727 people. Workers there are represented by UAW Local 602 and UAW Local 652.