GM Suspends Production at Louisiana Facility

Automaker cites shortage of parts resulting from crisis in Japan.

General Motors today announced that it has suspended production at its Shreveport, La., Assembly Plant for the week of March 21 due to a shortage of parts resulting from the tragic events in Japan.

"We will resume production at Shreveport as soon as possible, and at this point, we have sufficient vehicles to meet customer demand," the automaker said in a news release. "Employees should use specified plant-communication hotlines for updates about future production schedules."

All other GM plants in North America are operating normally, the automaker said.

"Like all global automakers, we will continue to follow the events in Japan closely to determine the business impact, working across the organization to maximize flexibility, supply the most critical operations, and effectively manage cost," GM said in a news release. "Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Japan and their families as they work to recover from this disaster."

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