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GM Idles Delta Township Plant Due To Indian Strike

Fri, 10/30/2009 - 5:02am

NEW YORK (AP) — General Motors Co. will temporarily shutdown a plant that builds two of its crossover vehicles and reduce production at a transmission plant as a result of a parts shortage stemming from a strike at a supplier in India, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Workers at Rico Auto Industries have been on strike for several weeks and as a result parts shipments to Detroit-based GM have been disrupted, the person who did not want be identified said.

Rico makes a component that goes into the transmissions manufactured at GM's Warren Transmission Plant in suburban Detroit and shipped to its Lansing Delta Township plant for use in its GMC Enclave and Buick Acadia models.

GM Spokeswoman Kimberly Carpenter confirmed that production at the Delta Township plant will cease on Monday and is expected to resume the following Monday. She said the shutdown is related to a parts shortage, but would not identify the supplier or part involved.

Carpenter also confirmed that the Warren Transmission will run only one shift during that week as a result of the same part shortage.

The Delta Township plant employs 2,696 people, while the Warren plant employs 759.

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