GM restarts production at Tennessee plant due to chip shortage

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GM restarts production at Tennessee plant due to chip shortage

Engines assembled as they make their way through the assembly line at the General Motors manufacturing plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, August 22, 2019.

DETROIT General Motors is restarting production sooner than expected at a crossover plant in Tennessee after supplies improved of the semiconductor chips needed to manufacture cars at the facility.

The Spring Hill Assembly plant will return to regular production on Monday instead of April 26, a week earlier than was originally announced by the company last week. The factory builds the GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT 5 and XT 6 crossovers.

A GM spokesperson attributed the change in scheduling to near-term improvements in supplies, which allowed the automaker to avoid production impact at the plant. Monday the United Auto Workers Union told Spring Hill's more than 2,800 workers of the change in plans.

The company also will not halt production of the Chevrolet Blazer at a Mexican factory that was announced last week due to the chips shortage. Other plant shutdowns due to the chip shortage in Michigan, Kansas and Canada remain unchanged.

Following our announcement last Thursday, April 8, GM's supply chain organization has made strides working with our supply base to mitigate the near-term impacts of semiconductor situation on both Spring Hill Assembly and Ramos Assembly, GM said in an emailed statement.

This is a progressing story, check back for more updates.

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