GM Fairfax Assembly Plant idled by global computer chip shortage

Bill Mount

The GM Fairfax Plant will continue to sit empty for another two months because of a global computer chip shortage caused in part by the pandemic.Semiconductors are the reason production came to a halt at the Fairfax Assembly Plant. From starting the car to displays inside, the computer chips are […]

The GM Fairfax Plant will continue to sit empty for another two months because of a global computer chip shortage caused in part by the pandemic.Semiconductors are the reason production came to a halt at the Fairfax Assembly Plant. From starting the car to displays inside, the computer chips are critical for vehicle manufacturing. Fairfax workers have been out since February.”It’s almost 12, or 13 weeks so it’s difficult,” said Clarence Brown, president of UAW Local 31.Brown says employees are waiting to get back to work.”I’m not going to sit here and try to pretend that we’re not worried. It is going to get back, Well, we don’t know that. We only know what they tell us, and they just told us again we ain’t coming back to work until July 5. And at that point, they’re going to discuss it. It hasn’t been put in solid ground that we’re going to start on July 5,” Brown said.In a statement, a GM spokesperson wrote they are leveraging every available semiconductor to produce their most in-demand products but the situation continues to remain fluid globally.Most computer chips are made overseas, and competition with tech companies have automakers waiting for supply to catch up with demand.”You know I’ve been working for General Motors for 40 years, and one thing they’ve taught me is that there’s a plan B. Well, where is it? Where is the plan B?” Brown said.Four other GM plants in the United States and Mexico are also down temporarily due to the shortage.

The GM Fairfax Plant will continue to sit empty for another two months because of a global computer chip shortage caused in part by the pandemic.

Semiconductors are the reason production came to a halt at the Fairfax Assembly Plant. From starting the car to displays inside, the computer chips are critical for vehicle manufacturing. Fairfax workers have been out since February.

“It’s almost 12, or 13 weeks so it’s difficult,” said Clarence Brown, president of UAW Local 31.

Brown says employees are waiting to get back to work.

“I’m not going to sit here and try to pretend that we’re not worried. It is going to get back, Well, we don’t know that. We only know what they tell us, and they just told us again we ain’t coming back to work until July 5. And at that point, they’re going to discuss it. It hasn’t been put in solid ground that we’re going to start on July 5,” Brown said.

In a statement, a GM spokesperson wrote they are leveraging every available semiconductor to produce their most in-demand products but the situation continues to remain fluid globally.

Most computer chips are made overseas, and competition with tech companies have automakers waiting for supply to catch up with demand.

“You know I’ve been working for General Motors for 40 years, and one thing they’ve taught me is that there’s a plan B. Well, where is it? Where is the plan B?” Brown said.

Four other GM plants in the United States and Mexico are also down temporarily due to the shortage.

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