GM Plant Shuts Down Over Japanese Parts Delay


We have just received the first official word from a U.S.-based automaker that the aftereffects of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami could significantly alter production here.

General Motors announced it would suspend production at its Shreveport, La., assembly plant — where the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon small pickup trucks are made — for the week of March 21.

The specific parts that are causing the shutdown weren’t released, but the two trucks feature a five-speed manual transmission produced by Aisin, a major transmission supplier based in Japan.

Other U.S. plants have canceled overtime shifts but haven’t suspended all production.

The pipeline of parts to the U.S. relies on shipping across the Pacific Ocean. We may start seeing the incoming parts simply not showing up and disrupting U.S. operations.

The Shreveport plant is scheduled to be shut down in 2012 as part of GM’s restructuring plans, and the two trucks made there see minimal sales. As of March 1 there was a 58 day supply of the Chevy Colorado and 58 day supply for the GMC Canyon. The industry average was 60 days as of March 1.


Troy S.

I think we'll be seeing more and more manufacturers do this in the near term. Some simply won't be as public about it to not show the dirty laundry to the "Buy American" crowd.

Then there are other industries that will no doubt be hit as well. The elctroncs industry comes to mind.


Hard truth for domestic vs import flame-warriors: Most brands share essentially the same parts made by the same suppliers.


I don't think anyone will notice anyway...If it was the Tacoma,Frontier or Ranger...maybe.. who cares about the Colorado/Canyon???

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