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Parts shortage to halt production at GM Lordstown Saturday

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Staff/wire report

LORSDTOWN

General Motors is canceling production Saturday at its plant here because of a parts shortage, union leaders confirmed tonight.

But neither Jim Graham, UAW Local 1112 president, nor Dave Green, UAW 1714 president, could confirm the shutdown is because of a parts shortage caused by the disaster in Japan.

Graham confirmed that production is halted because of a parts shortage.

Tom Mock, GM Lordstown’s company spokesman, was not available tonight to comment.

A shortage of parts from Japan, however, will force GM to halt production at its pickup plant in Shreveport, La., next week, the company said today.

Graham and Green said they have no information of how the parts shortage will affect production beyond Saturday.

Graham said union and company officials were expected to meet Friday morning, and more information would be available.

Production of the Chevrolet Cruze was shut down March 4-7 after a fire at a supplier in Michigan.