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Report: GM, Ford slow production at seven plants due to Canadian storms

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Report: GM, Ford slow production at seven plants due to Canadian storms

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Dec 15th 2010 at 4:01PM


If you think early winter weather is causing you headaches this season, you should hear what General Motors and Ford are putting up with. The companies have seen production slow in at least seven of their manufacturing facilities in Canada and the Midwest thanks to road closings. According to Bloomberg, The General was forced to either slow or stop production of at least eight models, including the Chevrolet Equinox, Camaro and Impala as well as the Cadillac CTS and STS. And Ford hasn't fared much better – the Blue Oval has brought production of at least six models to a stop.

Among the FoMoCo casualties of this week's winter wonderland? The Flex, Edge and Explorer, but work was also held up on the Lincoln MKT and MKS. Additionally, the slowdown may impact the automakers' fourth-quarter results, since most carmakers record their revenue when vehicles are assembled at the plant.

Interestingly enough, Chrysler, which operates facilities in Canada, has apparently not had to slow or stop production because of the weather. Likewise, the Honda plant in Marysville, Ohio is operating normally so far this season.



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GM, Ford output cut by snowstorms

Plants shorten shifts, shut without parts



General Motors and Ford, the two largest U.S. automakers, said parts shortages caused by winter storms in Canada and the U.S. Midwest reduced production for a second day.

GM's Lansing Grand River plant is shut down, and six other plants have shortened or suspended shifts, Chris Lee, a company spokesman, said Wednesday.

Shifts have been shortened at the CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, which makes the Chevrolet Equinox SUV, and a plant in Ft. Wayne, Ind., Lee said.

GM's plant in Lordstown, Ohio, is running half shifts, and its Oshawa Assembly in Ontario is running half a shift on one line and is shut down on the other, Lee said.

The Detroit-based company's heavy-duty pickup plant in Flint is receiving some parts and will run two shifts through today, said Tom Wickham, a spokesman.

Automakers record revenue when vehicles are assembled. So the loss of production may affect the companies' fourth-quarter sales if the output isn't recouped during the rest of the month.

Production was suspended early at Ford's Oakville assembly plant in Ontario, Todd Nissen, a spokesman, said in an e-mail. All other plants are running "as previously scheduled," he said.

The automaker's St. Thomas plant in Ontario, its factory in Avon Lake, Ohio, and its Chicago factory, which makes the Explorer SUV, missed production earlier, he said.

"We are starting to see improvements in the parts flow and hope to return to normal production on Thursday,'' he said.

Chrysler factories in Toledo and Brampton, Ontario, were shut down Wednesday morning and resumed production Wednesday afternoon, Jodi Tinson, a spokeswoman for the Auburn Hills-based automaker, said.

The second shift at Chrysler's factory in Belvidere, Ill., has been canceled because of weather-related parts issues, she said.

Read more: GM, Ford output cut by snowstorms | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20101216/BUSINESS01/12160443/GM-Ford-output-cut-by-snowstorms#ixzz18HUlzAe6

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