GM plants suspend production after extreme cold and Consumers Energy request

FLINT (WJRT) -- (1/30/2019) General Motors has suspended production at several Michigan plants after a request from Consumers Energy.

The gas and electric utility is dealing with high energy demand during the coldest weather Mid-Michigan has seen in 25 years, along with a fire at a Detroit-area natural gas compressor facility.

Consumers has asked several large volume users to reduce energy consumption.

In response, GM is ceasing production for about 24 hours at Flint Assembly, Lansing Delta Township Assembly, Lansing Grand River Assembly, Lansing Regional Stamping and Lansing Grand River Stamping.

According to UAW Local 598's Facebook page, Flint Assembly's second shift production was halted Wednesday night because of the extreme cold. Production was also suspended for third shift Wednesday night and first shift Thursday morning.

Maintenance at Flint Assembly is to report as normal. The union says workers can check the plant hotline for additional updates at 1-877-574-5169.

In Lansing, essential personnel will be notified individually by management. Updates will be posted on the Lansing Regional Manufacturing Facebook Page