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UPDATED: Production suspended at GM Lordstown

Published: Mon, December 12, 2011 @ 12:19 p.m.

LORDSTOWN — General Motors Co. has suspended operations at the Lordstown facility due to a “supplier issue,” the automaker said Monday.

Tom Mock, Lordstown spokesman, said the problem pertains to “material provided by a supplier ... that could impact customer satisfaction with our products.”

Several workers indicated the problem has to do with the struts of the vehicle.

Mock said the production interruption will be diagnosed on a day-to-day basis.

Dave Green, president of United Auto Workers Local 1714, said he was informed of the shutdown at about 10 a.m. Monday,

“At this point we’re just kind of working with some of our members to see where they are going to be,” he said.

Green said he did not know how long the production hiccup will last.

Those working today’s second shift will work an abbreviated shift; third shift and subsequent shifts are postponed until further notice.

Skilled trades employees will continue reporting to their regular shifts.

This is the second unexpected shutdown this year at the plant.

GM halted production at Lordstown for five days in March after a fire at Magna International Inc., a Howell, Mich-based supplier.

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