DETROIT — Stellantis is idling five assembly plants in North America starting next week because of the microchip shortage plaguing the auto industry.
Warren Truck Assembly just north of Detroit is scheduled to be down from Monday through April 18, according to an employee bulletin confirmed by the automaker. The plant, which has 3,405 workers on two shifts, builds the Ram 1500 Classic and is slated to start producing the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer SUVs in the second quarter.
Production of the Pacifica and Chrysler Voyager minivans in Windsor, Ontario, will be halted for four weeks starting Monday, according to Unifor Local 444. The automaker will also halt car output in Brampton, Ontario, until mid-April, affecting production of the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger.
Stellantis' assembly plant Toluca, Mexico, through will be down through April 18. That plant produces the Jeep Compass. Reuters reported the automaker also will halt output at its assembly plant in Belvidere, Ill., that produces the Jeep Cherokee.
"Stellantis continues to work closely with our suppliers to mitigate the manufacturing impacts caused by the various supply chain issues facing our industry," the company said in a statement confirming downtime at Warren Truck plant.
Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said earlier this month that the company is looking to counter the shortage.
He said Stellantis is working “as fast as we can while respecting quality standards on finding alternatives for the semiconductors that are in short supply.”
AutoForecast Solutions said the Windsor shutdown will cost the plant about 14,000 units of production. That’s on top of an estimated 15,000 vehicles that weren’t produced during a three-week shutdown in March. The firm also said the shutdown will cost the Belvidere, Ill., plant about 11,000 units of production and the Warren, Mich., plant about 8,100 units.