A global microchip shortage continues to plague Indiana’s automobile industry. Our partners at WPTA-TV in Fort Wayne report the Fort Wayne General Motors Assembly plant is halting production for a week as the company continues to grapple with the shortage.
A General Motors (NYSE: GM) spokesperson confirmed the plant in Roanoke will pause production the week of July 26. The company says it expects to be back online August 2.
This is not the first-time production at the assembly plant has been altered by the semiconductor shortage. In April, GM was building incomplete vehicles without certain parts that rely on microchips. The company parked the vehicles with plans to finish the final assembly when the parts arrived.
The company now seems to be taking advantage of the pause. “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,” GM spokesperson David Barnas said in a prepared statement.
WPTA reports hundreds of nearly-ready Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups have been stashed on a lot a few miles from the assembly plant.