General Motors and Mazda are among the first automakers to slow production after a fire broke out at a Magna International supply plant in Howell, Michigan.
The Canadian supplier’s Atreum Howell plant assembles door panels, headliner, interior trim, and instruments panels for a wide range of vehicles and first caught on fire late Wednesday afternoon. The cause of the fire remains unknown though various media reports are in agreement that nearly half of the 187,000 square-foot building was burned. There were no reported casualties associated with the fire.
So far, seven GM locations have shortened shifts to accommodate the component shortage, and Mazda has had to slow production at Flat Rock, Michigan, which is home to the Mazda6. To compensate, Magna is boosting output at plants in Holt, Michigan, and Ohio.
The following GM plants were forced to slow down due to the fire:
Arlington, Texas – Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon Delta Township, Lansing, Michigan – Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia Hamtramck, Michigan – Buick Lucerne, Cadillac DTS, Chevrolet Volt Flint, Michigan – Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra (light-duty regular cab and heavy-duty crew cab) Fort Wayne, Indiana – Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra Lordstown, Ohio – Chevrolet Cruze Oshawa, Ontario, Canada – Chevrolet Equinox, Chevrolet Impala
In addition to GM and Mazda, Atreum Howell supply their interior parts to Chrysler, Ford, and Nissan. None of the three automakers have reported work delays yet, but are simultaneously assessing their positions with their respective plants and supply chains.