GM to resume production at Louisiana and Shreveport image

General Motors Co. on Friday said that the company will resume the production at its Louisiana plant next week as well as its engine plant in upstate New York.

Doug Ebey, head of the United Auto Workers local, said Friday that the 800 employees at the plant will resume their normal four-day work week on Monday. The plant operates one 10-hour shift per production day.

“We made the decision to restart Shreveport because we need to build trucks for our customers,” said GM spokesman Kim Carpenter.

GM makes the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickups in Shreveport. Hitachi, a Japanese company that makes electronic air sensors, reported that it ran out of some parts. GM uses electronic air sensors on its pickup trucks, and Hitachi supplies several GM models.
Like many automakers, GM sources some of its parts from Japan. In Japan, power outages, damage to factories and the unfolding nuclear disaster has created mass uncertainty over whether companies there can produce parts used by industries around the world.