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GM pickups accumulate as Fort Wayne Assembly feels effects of chip shortage

GM truck backlog
GM pickup trucks pile up on lot
GM pickup trucks on former BAE lot

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Hundreds of almost-ready pickup trucks are being packed into a lot on the west side of Fort Wayne as the local assembly plant awaits delivery of semiconductors that have been in short supply.

The vehicles are rolling off the lines at the General Motors plant in Roanoke.

They look finished, but each lacks a component necessary before they can ship out.

A spokesperson for the local GM facility said it's the result of an ongoing problem with suppliers.

"Since January, GM has said that when there is a shortage of semiconductors that impacts production, in some cases we intend to build vehicles without certain modules and will complete them as soon as possible," Stephanie Jentgen Mack said. "This will help us quickly meet strong customer demand as more semiconductors become available.  

"Several of GM’s plants have utilized this process, including Fort Wayne Assembly. We will complete those vehicles as soon as possible. Once completed, we will ship them to dealers."

The lot storing the trucks is located on Taylor Street at Paul Street. It is a former property of BAE Systems.

The Associated Press reports that the shortage of semiconductors has forced General Motors and Ford to make new cuts to production at some of their North American factories.

But the popularity of the full-size trucks made at the local assembly have allowed it to continue with assembly.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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