General Motors is temporarily closing four assembly plants in North America as it adjusts to disruptions in the supply chain resulting from the recent earthquakes in Japan.
Beginning on April 25, GM North America assembly facilities in Spring Hill, Tennessee, Oshawa, Ontario, Lordstown, Ohio and Fairfax, Kansas are expected to be idle for two weeks. These plants are responsible for producing the Buick LaCrosse and Regal, the Cadillac XTS and XT5, the Chevrolet Cruze, Equinox, Impala and Malibu and the GMC Acadia. The redesigned 2016 Cruze and the 2017 Acadia and 2017 XT5 recently began shipping to dealers from Lordstown and Spring Hill.
GM indicated that it dos not expect the shutdowns to affect annual production plans or impact financial results for GM North America.
The GM shutdowns follow Toyota and Nissan, both of which have halted production in the past week.
The earthquakes claimed the lives of 48 people and resulted in more than 1,000 injuries.