Shreveport GM Plant Reopens
About 900 workers at General Motors' Shreveport assembly plant return to
work today, after a work stoppage related to the earthquake disaster in
Japan. GM's Tom Wilkinson says the catastrophe disrupted the flow of
Japanese electronic components used in production at the plant. The Shreveport GM plant builds GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado pickup trucks. Wilkinson says GM was able to make some adjustments in
shipping and allocating parts, to let production start back up. The plant shut down last week, after a massive earthquake hit Japan followed by a devastating tsunami wave. Japanese industry was forced to
a standstill, and as a result, some industry here in the U.S. Wilkinson says GM Shreveport's 900 employees will be partially compensated for the down time.