It appears as though General Motors has a widespread parts shortage problem, as the Detroit-based automaker has announced that it will temporarily reduce production at another assembly facility, the GM Wentzville plant in Missouri, for roughly a week.
According to a report from Detroit Free Press, production at the Wentzville facility will be constricted from the week of August 28th, 2023 to September 5th, 2023. More specifically, the third shift at the plant will be closed, meaning that the first two shifts will continue on as normal.
Overall, there are three other GM facilities currently experiencing shortages, including the GM Oshawa plant in Canada, GM Silao plant in Mexico and GM Fort Wayne plant in Indiana. Notably, while the Oshawa facility is experiencing a shortage of axles for GM light-duty pickups, the Silao and Fort Wayne shortages have yet to be confirmed by The General.
It’s worth noting that the Silao facility also experienced another two-week production stoppage in March 2023, once again due to a parts shortage, while production at the Fort Wayne facility was stopped for two weeks in March 2023 and April 2023.
Upon closer inspection, it appears as though whatever the overarching parts shortage is, it seems to be related to body-on-frame vehicles, specifically GM’s pickup trucks. This is an interesting dynamic, as General Motors was attempting to shore up inventory in preparation of a potential strike from the United Auto Workers (UAW) union in the midst of contract negotiations.
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