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GM adds ‘staging area’ outside Fort Wayne Assembly to speed-up finishing process on trucks awaiting chips

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - General Motors is building out a staging area in its Fort Wayne Assembly parking lot so workers can speed-along the completion of pickup trucks in need of computer chips.

The shortage of those chips has affected automakers and their production facilities worldwide.

Locally, hundreds of nearly-ready Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups have been stashed on a lot a few miles from the assembly plant.

General Motors tells ABC21 the staging area at the assembly plant involves what the company calls a "dynamic vehicle test stand," which will finalize and then certify trucks as they receive those computer components.

"The work will be completed as quickly as possible and it will remain in place until we can get all trucks finalized," Jeffrey Benzing told ABC21. "This will help help us quickly meet the strong customer and dealer demand for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks built at Ft. Wayne Assembly."

The company's moves aim to boost the supply as the chip shortage eases, providing dealerships with some of their best-selling vehicles as the economy rebounds.

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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