GM production resumes after supply chain issue

Assembly disruption lasted only few hours

LORDSTOWN — Production at the local General Motors Assembly Complex was scheduled to resume Monday night with the third shift, a plant spokesman said.

Production was halted for a few hours on Friday because of a supply issue that also affected Monday’s first and second shifts.

Specific information about the matter was not provided.

Is it not the first time this year supply chain issues have impacted the plant’s production.

In August, production was disrupted after a contract dispute arose between GM and one of its suppliers, suspending shipments of the 2017 Chevrolet Cruzes that went into production at the local plant earlier this year.

At the time, plant leaders said the Saturday shifts that were cut had been added as needed to meet customer demand.

Before that, vehicle assembly at the several North American plants, including Lordstown, was halted for a couple weeks in late April and early May because of supply chain interruptions caused by an earthquake in Japan.

The Cruze, GM’s best-selling compact car, is sold in 115 countries. More than 3.5 million units of the popular small car have been sold around the world since 2008, and more than 1.25 million of those have been made in Lordstown, where some 4,500 workers are employed, since the car launched here in 2010. The Cruze’s second generation went into production at Lordstown in February.