DETROIT — General Motors will restart production next week at its midsize-pickup plant in Wentzville, Mo., after a two-week hiatus because of the global microchip shortage, but the automaker plans to pause or limit production at six other North America plants this month.
"We continue to work closely with our supply base to find solutions for our suppliers' semiconductor requirements and to mitigate impact on GM. Our intent is to make up as much production lost at these plants as possible," GM said in a statement Thursday.
Last week, GM had only 334,628 vehicles on hand, compared with 668,443 a year earlier. Stock shrank by 76,247 during the first quarter, driven in part by the microchip shortage.
Starting Monday, GM will take two weeks of downtime at its Spring Hill, Tenn., assembly plant, which builds the Cadillac XT5 and XT6 and GMC Acadia crossovers.