UPDATE: GM Assembly Stoppages Due to Gas Shortage and Cold Temperatures in Michigan

Update: GM has reported that operations at all of its production facilities down yesterday due to a gas shortage restarted operations at 12:01 this morning. With the exception of Lansing Grand River. Office employees are continuing to work from home with both offices and the last plant set to resume normal operations over the weekend. Consumers Energy, a regional gas provider gave the all clear to remove natural gas reductions.

“There is no doubt the gas reduction efforts by residents and businesses across the Lower Peninsula played a key role in helping maintain natural gas flow in our distribution system at a time when it was critically needed,” said Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy CEO. “Because of the swift action of all, we were able to continue critical services – from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of the men and women of Consumers Energy, we thank you,” she said.”

The outage was caused by damage to delivery equipment and was made worse by the extreme cold temperatures increasing gas use for heating.

In the midst of the Polar Vortex cold snap icing over the midwest, GM is having to halt production at four assembly plants and nine support facilities to help keep both staff and non-staff warm at home.

Automotive News reports that Consumers Energy Co. is behind the shutdown. The natural gas provider has asked for customers to voluntarily reduce has usage due to an incident in Southeast Michigan. A gas compressor station fire has temporarily reduced supply to the area so to make sure there is adequate supply, the utility trying to reduce demand.

In addition to the shutdowns, the company is asking more than 24,000 employees at its Warren Tech Center, and other Detroit-area offices, to work from home if possible through at least Friday.

Some FCA and Ford Motor facilities are also interrupted due to the shortage, with shift cancellations and reduced heating levels ongoing.

The shutdowns are affecting Flint Assembly, Lansing Delta, Lansing Grand River, and Orion Assembly along with their supporting plants. Other GM facilities, including Romulus, Brownstown, and Detroit-Hamtramck are not affected as they use a different gas provider. Vehicle production stopped includes HD pickups, Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse, and cars including Cadillac CTS and Chevy Camaro.

[source: Automotive News]

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