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GM to halt production at Fort Wayne Assembly truck plant next week

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Buying a new GMC Sierra 1500 or Chevy Silverado 1500? Your wait to get it might just get a little longer. General Motors is shutting down production at Fort Wayne Assembly, which produces the two trucks, the week of August 28 and will re-open the day after Labor Day. The reason? An unspecified supply shortage.

According to The Detroit News, this was confirmed by GM Spokesperson Kevin Kelly.

Supply shortages

The GM truck twins are also built at the Oshawa Assembly in Canada and the Silao plant in Mexico – both of which have been experiencing production shutdowns because of supply shortages.

The Silao plant has the same unspecified parts shortage as Fort Wayne Assembly and has been shut down for a week and half. The Detroit News reports the Oshawa plant has a shortage of axles, which was relayed to employees in a memo. However, according to Kelly, axles aren’t the problem at the U.S. and Mexico plants.

This is the first time the plants have been idled due to parts shortages. In fact, they seem to come about once a year. In 2021 and 2022, the stoppages were due to microchip shortages. Plus, both Silao and Fort Wayne had two-week production stops earlier this year as well.

What this means for consumers

The full-size truck segment on average currently has about an 80-days’ supply of inventory, and we’d imagine the GM twins are probably in that range. So, there is a chance those who want to buy a new Silverado or Sierra won’t be affected at all – assuming whatever this mysterious supply shortage is gets resolved soon.

The bottom line

Considering that one of the earlier shutdowns this year was due to managing supply and demand, we wouldn’t be surprised if this unspecified supply problem isn’t due to a missing part. It could very well be due to the fact there is currently too much supply and not enough demand. Sierra sales are up but Silverado sales are flatyear-over-year.

So, while you might end up waiting a bit longer if you buy a new Silverado or Sierra right now, that could be the intention.

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Jill Ciminillo

Jill Ciminillo is the Managing Editor for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk as well as a Chicago-based automotive writer, YouTube personality and podcast host, with her articles and videos appearing in outlets throughout the U.S. Additionally, she co-hosts a weekly radio show on car stuff for a local Chicago station. Previously, Jill has been the automotive editor for both newspaper and broadcast media conglomerates. She is also a past president for the Midwest Automotive Media Association and has the distinction of being the first female president for that organization. Jill is also currently a juror for the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY).

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