US Auto Industry Feels Effects of Japan Quake

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Workers install doors on Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCross vehicles April 21, 2010 at the General Motors plant in Fairfax, Kansas. (Steve Fecht/General Motors/Getty)

Japan’s Sendai earthquake disrupted work in that country, shutting down factories, which supply parts to the United States. Thanks to hi-tech supply chain issues, car parts are missing and U.S. factories are beginning to shut down. Last week, General Motors stopped production at its Shreveport Louisiana production facility. This week, the Detroit based car company laid off 59 of its 623 full time employees at its Tonawanda New York production facility — before ultimately halting all production. All of these shutdowns were due to shortages of parts that are produced in Japan.

Bob Coleman and Doug Ebey are both auto workers who say that they had no idea that so many parts came from Japan in the first place and were not prepared for these sobering shutdowns. Bob Coleman is the shop chairman of United Auto Workers Local 774 in the Tonawanda GM plant, and Doug Ebey is the head of the United Auto Workers Local 2166 in Shreveport, Louisiana.


Bob Coleman and Doug Ebey

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Hsi-Chang Lin

Comments [2]

Brandon from Texas

As someone who has an older brother serving in Iraq right now I'm pretty disgusted that The Takeaway has ignored Iraq day after day. As long as we have soldiers in the country, I think the media should be covering it. I guess Obama's big withdrawal turned out to just be a withdrawal of the press. Cpl. Brandon S. Hocking died in combat in Iraq Monday. The war hasn't ended.

Mar. 23 2011 11:04 AM
Mike Verlezza from boston MA

What MOS is your army guest from MA? I'm a veteran infantryman with multiple tours in Iraq. Usually the people that support intervention never have to pull a trigger.

Mar. 23 2011 06:59 AM

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