Winter storm forces Detroit Three to cancel some auto production


Detroit – A winter storm from the Midwest to Mexico reduced production at several auto plants in North America.

Ford Motor Co. stopped production at four plants for all day on Tuesday, and three others were running on reduced levels. General Motors Co. stopped first shift production in four plants and second shift production in two of these plants. The day shift at Stellantis NV’s Toledo assembly plant, where the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator were picked up, was canceled due to local travel warnings, spokeswoman Jodi Tinson said in an email. Production resumed for the second shift on Tuesday at the Toledo Congregation.

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The impact of the storm is due to the fact that the auto industry is already plagued by a global cut in semiconductor supplies, which has led GM, Ford, Stellantis and others to halt or reduce production at some plants.

The weather caused Ford to halt production at the Ohio Assembly truck and van plant in Avon Lake, Ohio, and the Hermosillo assembly plant in Mexico, which makes Ford Fusion and Lincoln products, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said .

Ford stopped production through February 22 at the Kansas City Assembly Plant, Missouri, where the profitable F-150 and Transit are being built to help reduce natural gas consumption during the winter storm.

Ford is planning a second shift at its Chicago assembly plant, which builds the Ford Explorer, Police Interceptor Utility, and Lincoln Aviator, the Dearborn Truck Plant, which builds the F-150 and Raptor, and the Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, where the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus are built.

GM stopped first shift production at its Cadillac XT5, XT6, and GMC Acadia plants in Spring Hill, Tennessee, its light-duty vehicle plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the Bowling Green plant in Kentucky, where the Chevrolet Corvette is built, and his plant a large SUV plant in Arlington, Texas, said spokesman Dan Flores.

Second shift production has also ceased in Fort Wayne and Arlington. The production of the third shift had not yet been decided by Tuesday afternoon.

In the meantime, GM, Ford and Stellantis had to stop production at various plants due to a lack of semiconductor supplies.

GM has ceased production at the Fairfax, Kansas plant, which builds the Cadillac XT4 and the Chevrolet Malibu, the CAMI Ontario plant, which builds the Chevrolet Equinox, and the San Luis Potosi, Mexico plant, where the Equinox, the Chevrolet Trax and the GMC Terrain SUVs are built.

Ford canceled an overtime shift on February 13 at its Kentucky Louisville trucking facility that builds Ford F-250 to F-550 Super Duty Trucks, Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator due to the shortage.

Last week, the Kansas City and Dearborn Truck plants, both of which produce F-150s, were operating reduced shifts due to the shortage. Stellantis’ Windsor Ontario assembly plant, where the Chrysler Pacifica is built, has also been temporarily closed.

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