GM Pausing Full-Size Truck Plant to Maintain Inventory Levels

  • GM has scheduled a two-week work stoppage at its Fort Wayne, Indiana truck assembly facility in an effort to maintain optimal dealer inventory levels.
  • According to a GM representative, production has increased in the past month, while demand remains fairly consistent, leading to an increase in inventory.
  • The Fort Wayne plant produces the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500. GM’s full-size truck plants in Michigan, Canada and Mexico will continue operations through the two-week shutdown in Indiana.

General Motors is preparing for a two-week shutdown at its Fort Wayne, Indiana truck manufacturing facility. The Fort Wayne plant, which produces about 1,300 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks each day, will be closed “to maintain optimal inventory levels at our dealers,” according to a statement shared by a GM spokesperson .

The stoppage is scheduled to begin Monday, March 27 and is reportedly in accordance with both the national and local UAW collective bargaining agreements.

GM confirmed that production rose last month while demand remained fairly consistent, leading to an increase in inventory. According to a report by Car weekThe strike is in line with comments from Chief Financial Officer Paul Jacobson, who said the company wants between 50 and 60 days of inventory by 2023.

Production at GM’s other full-size truck plants in Michigan, Canada and Mexico continues operations through the two-week outage in Indiana. The Fort Wayne plant is constantly reviewing and adjusting production schedules to keep inventory levels at dealers at an optimal level, according to a GM representative.

The scheduled shutdown comes at an interesting time for pickup truck production and auto manufacturing in general. This contrasts with the production struggles automakers faced in 2021, when supply chain issues and specifically a microchip shortage caused GM, Ford and many other automakers to significantly reduce production plans, tipping the supply and demand curve. threw aside. of the spectrum. More recently in the pickup world, production of the electric Ford F-150 Lightning was halted in February, citing a possible battery problem. “During a standard Lightning pre-delivery quality inspection, one vehicle exhibited a battery issue,” Ford said in a statement.

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