DETROIT -- The labor violence at an Indian supplier that forced Ford Motor Co.'s Oakville, Ontario, plant to close this week has hit another U.S. automaker.
General Motors Co. will have to close its Delta Township, Mich., crossover plant all of next week because of a parts shortage caused by the strife in India.
Delta Township, near Lansing, builds the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia and is being retooled for the Chevrolet Traverse crossover. Oakville builds the Ford Edge, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKX and Lincoln MKT crossovers.
Ford and GM share Indian transmission parts supplier Rico Auto Industries in the industrial city of Gurgaon, 30 miles outside of New Delhi. A Ford spokesman confirmed its relationship with Rico earlier this week. Another source familiar with the situation confirmed GM's relationship with Rico today.
A Rico representative in London said the company is in constant contact with Ford and is producing parts for the automaker. He said he could not discuss the GM situation because the company handles GM matters in other offices. Attempts to reach other Rico officials in the United States and India were not successful.