A parts supply shortage to Fort Wayne's General Motors Assembly Plant has caused four cancelled shifts so far this week already- and more could be coming for the majority of the plant's nearly 4000 hourly workers.
WFFT spoke with officials at the plant today and they say first shift tomorrow should go as scheduled.
But that all depends on the supply line getting fixed.
"But we did have a supplier who hard a break down, and they're working very hard to get it fixed, and we're hoping to get supplies back on track by tomorrow at some point,” says General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly Plant Communications Manager Stephanie Jentgen says.
This was the scene at the 2:30 shift change Tuesday.
Far fewer cars than normal pulling out of the parking lot at the GM plant.
Starting third shift on Monday, they've cancelled four shifts through Tuesday night.
Salaried and specialized staff are the only people working, leaving most of the plant's 3800 hourly employees at home.
And it could extend to first shift Wednesday morning.
"It all depends on how quickly we can get spare parts in, and how quickly we can get that supplier back up and running. But the plan is to start tomorrow,” Jentgen says.
Jengten says that's something they won't know until late Tuesday- and unless notified otherwise- workers are expected to arrive early Wednesday.
She says the problem stems from keeping zero inventory in stock at the plant.
So when a delivery gets delayed- it brings production to a stand-still.
"So the risk is, you may have a slowdown or have to stop a shift or two, if you look at the year overall, or even the life cycle overall, it's definitely the way to produce mass production,” Jentgen says.
We reached out to the United Auto Workers Local 2209 this afternoon, and union reps were unavailable for comment.
On its web site, the union posted information about make up shifts, saying shifts had been rescheduled for this upcoming Saturday, starting with third shift Friday night.
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