The General Motors (NYSE: GM) assembly plant in Fort Wayne has added a staging area on company property, creating a place for workers to complete the assembly of vehicles waiting for components with microchips.
Our partners at WPTA report the company has for three months been placing unfinished vehicles in a holding lot several miles from the plant. The nearly-ready Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups are missing some key components because of the global shortage of microchips.
The TV station says GM has now created a “dynamic vehicle test stand” on a staging here at the plant. Workers will be able to finalize and certify trucks as they receive the components.
“The work will be completed as quickly as possible and it will remain in place until we can get all trucks finalized,” said GM spokesperson Jeffrey Benzing. “This will 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.