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Chip Shortage Leads to Closed GM Plants

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Feb. 11, 2021—General Motors announced this week that it is extending production cuts at three of its North American production plants due to the global semiconductor chip shortage. 

According to a press release, the global shortage stems from a variety factors conflated by the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving auto manufacturers and the  consumer electronics industry to compete against each other for the remaining supply. 

“Semiconductor supply remains an issue that is facing the entire industry,” said David Barnas, GM spokesman, in the press release. “GM’s plan is to leverage every available semiconductor to build and ship our most popular and in-demand products.”

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