Flooding causes production delays in Detroit

The activities of Detroit’s three automotive giants, Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler, have been disrupted after the region experienced record rainfalls that caused flooding, road closures and power outage in the region.

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Published on 2014/08/13

Close to 12 cm of rain poured down on Detroit on Monday, according to the American National Weather Service. The factories of the three main automotive manufacturers of the area either slowed their activities down or shut them down entirely.

GM announced that their Tech Center located in Warren was being shut down on Tuesday due to flooding damage, to allow teams to clean up the site. In total, 19 000 people were asked to stay home. A GM representative declared that they prioritized the re-establishment of the customer-related operations such as the OnStar service and the call centers.

For Chrysler, four plants were affected by the flooding. The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, located in metropolitan Detroit, was entirely shut down due to numerous roads being closed. A truck carrying numerous Chrysler 200 sedans got stranded in the raising water on a highway near the plant. As for the manufacturer’s other three suburban factories, they had to decrease their production.

No shut downs were announced for Ford’s five local factories, only slower activities than usual. Repercussions have been reported on the installations of Chicago and Louisville, due to Michigan-based suppliers’ delays. A Ford representative confirmed that despite the slow downs, all plants will meet their production schedules.

No words yet on the impact of the disruptions for Fiat-Chrysler. Today, activities are back to normal for most suppliers of the area. 

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