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Fort Wayne GM plant to pause production as chip shortage continues

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Fort Wayne's GM Truck Assembly Plant.
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ROANOKE, Ind. (WPTA21) - The Fort Wayne General Motors Assembly plant is halting production for a week as the company continues to grapple with the global chip shortage.

A spokesperson for the company confirmed the Fort Wayne plant will pause production the week of July 26. The company expects to be back online Monday, Aug. 2.

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“The global semiconductor shortage remains complex and very fluid, but GM’s global purchasing and supply chain, engineering and manufacturing teams continue to find creative solutions and make strides working with the supply base to minimize the impact to our highest-demand and capacity-constrained vehicles, including full-size trucks and SUVs for our customers.

These most recent scheduling adjustments are being driven by temporary parts shortages caused by semiconductor supply constraints from international markets experiencing COVID-19-related restrictions. We expect it to be a near-term issue.

In addition, this period will provide us with the opportunity to complete unfinished vehicles at the impacted assembly plants and ship those units to dealers to help meet the strong customer demand for our products.”

David Barnas, GM Communications

The chip shortage is also impacting the Flint Assembly plant in Michigan.

ABC21 has reported extensively about the chip shortage's effects on automakers and their production facilities worldwide.

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

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

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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