GM resumes pickup output at Indiana plant

As of July 1, there were 199,600 Chevy Silverados on dealer lots or on their way to dealerships.
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DETROIT -- Production resumed today at one of General Motors' three pickup plants after being idled because of an interruption in sheetmetal supplies, the company said.

GM's assembly plant near Fort Wayne, Ind., which makes light- and heavy duty versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, canceled all three shifts on Tuesday and the first shift Wednesday morning because of the problem, GM spokeswoman Stephanie Jentgen said.

GM restarted production for the second shift this afternoon, Jentgen said.

An equipment breakdown at GM's Stamping plant in Marion, Ind., about 40 miles from the Fort Wayne plant, disrupted sheetmetal supplies, Jentgen confirmed. The problem has been fixed, she said. Sheetmetal parts from another GM plant are being used until shipments from the Marion plant resume, she said.

"This really shouldn't impact consumers or shipments to dealers," she said.

As of July 1, there were 199,600 Silverados on dealer lots or on their way to dealerships, or the equivalent of a 110-day supply, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Sierra stocks totaled 70,200 trucks, or a 109-day supply. The totals include both light- and heavy duty pickups.

The Fort Wayne plant employs roughly 4,000 workers, who work around the clock on three shifts. GM also makes pickups at plants in Flint, Mich., and Silao, Mexico.

The Associated Press earlier reported the canceled shifts.

You can reach Mike Colias at mcolias@crain.com.


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