Production at two General Motors and three DaimlerChrysler plants was halted for much of last week because of a strike at seat supplier Johnson Controls Inc.
Closed were GM's Oklahoma City (Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL) and Shreveport, La. (Chevrolet S10 and GMC Sonoma) plants and DaimlerChrysler's St. Louis North (Dodge Ram pickup), St. Louis South (Chrysler Voyager and Grand Voyager, Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan), and Toledo, Ohio (North, Jeep Liberty) plants. GM's Pontiac, Mich., and Fort Wayne, Ind., truck plants will close for plant modifications on Wednesday, June 19, through Friday, June 21. The plants, which each produce the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, are preparing for the changeover to 2003 models. That changeover will occur during the summer shutdown the first two weeks of July. Year-to-date North American car and truck production reached 8 million on June 14. That is eight days earlier than in 2001. Ford Motor Co.'s year-to-date North American car and truck production reached 2 million on June 14. That is the same date as in 2001. Year-to-date North American car and truck production for the transplants reached 2 million June 14. That is nine days earlier than in 2001.