The strike at General Motors' Flint Metal Center in Flint, Mich., forced the closing of several assembly plants in the United States and Canada due to parts shortages. Automotive News estimates that 27,500 units were lost last week because of the strike. For details on individual plants, see the plant closing table below. Also see the story on Page 1.
GM started production Monday, June 8, of the redesigned 1999 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups at the Oshawa, Ontario, plant.
Ford Motor Co.'s Twin Cities plant in St. Paul, Minn., worked overtime last week for the first time in nearly eight months. The plant builds the Ford Ranger pickup.