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GM suspends operations in four North American plants

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Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: General Motors | posted April 28, 2016 07:22

Recent Japanese earthquake affects GM's parts supply

North America may not have been directly affected by the devastating earthquake that struck Japan, but several General Motors (GM) factories still had to stop production.

This is due to the fact that the company sources some of its parts from the Land of The Rising Sun. Since April 25, 2016, GM has already halted production at their Spring Hill, Tennessee; Oshawa Flex Assembly, Canada; Lordstown, Ohio; and Fairfax, Kansas facilities. The company expects to resume operations on the said facilities after two weeks.

Even with the setback, GM expects that this will not affect their full-year production plans in North America. Moreover, the company also does not expect a material impact to its second or full-quarter financial results for GM North America.

The Fairfax factory assembling engines to their respective cars

The Spring Hill, Tennessee facility currently produces the Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia. It also produces 4-cylinder engines, has a paint and body shop and a stamping plant. The Oshawa Flex Assembly plant, on the other hand, puts out the Chevrolet Equinox, Impala and Buick Regal.

Over to Lordstown, Ohio, the facility produces the North American version of the Cruze C-segment sedan. Lastly, the Fairfax, Kansas plant rolls out the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick Lacrosse.