Fort Wayne GM plant lacks parts, cancels shifts

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A parts availability issue at the General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly plant continues to force the cancellation of shifts.

After canceling shifts Monday night through Tuesday evening, GM announced Tuesday afternoon that Wednesday’s first shift would be canceled.

Skilled trades and all second and third shift salaried employees are supposed to report at their normal times and anyone else required to work will be contacted by their supervisor, according to an email sent out by Stephanie Jentgen, Plant Communication Manager.

The shift cancellations were forced because of an equipment breakdown at a parts supplier and repairs are underway, according to Jentgen. She noted that the issue will not affect any GM customers as it’s typical for schedules to flex to meet business and market demands. The last time the plant had to cancel several shifts in a row was during the winter because of weather. For competitive reasons, GM does not identify specific parts suppliers.

At this time, Wednesday’s second shift is scheduled to report to work as normal, according to the release from GM.

Jentgen pointed employees to the GM Fort Wayne Information Line at (866) 503-7755 for the most up-to-date schedule information.

A message on that line said workers will be making up the missed shifts on Saturday.

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