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General Motors to idle Indiana truck plant for two weeks

General Motors on Friday said it is set to idle the plant for two weeks in April in Indiana over ongoing semiconductor chip shortages.

The Detroit automaker said it will stop production at its Fort Wayne assembly plant, which builds the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, for two weeks beginning April 4.

“There is still uncertainty and unpredictability in the semiconductor supply base, and we are actively working with our suppliers to mitigate potential issues moving forward,” the automaker said Friday.

The automaker said this is its first semiconductor-related full-size truck production cut since August 2021.

The automaker noted that overall it has seen better consistency in semiconductor supply during the first quarter compared to 2021 as a whole. This has translated into an improvement in our production and deliveries that took place in the first three months of the year.

GM CEO Mary Barra met with some lawmakers on Capitol Hill last week, including Republican Senator Todd Young of Indiana.

GM is standing in support of a bill in Congress that would provide $52 billion in government subsidies to increase U.S. semiconductor manufacturing.

The automaker said that legislation could help alleviate the continued shortage which still impacts U.S. automotive manufacturing.

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