Magna International has begun work on repairing a dashboard and automotive interiors plant in Michigan 40% damaged in a fire that started last Wednesday while scrambling to move production to other facilities to avoid a widespread customer shutdown.
The Wall Street Journal said General Motors was the only automaker as of Friday morning to have cancelled production shifts at some of its plants although a lengthy delay could result in shutdowns at Ford, Chrysler , Nissan and Mazda factories.
Magna spokeswoman Tracy Fuerst told the WSJ restoration teams have begun working to restore production at the 180,000 sq ft Howell Township plant. No one was injured in tyhe blaze whose cause is unknown.
“We are doing our own evaluation but our intent is to get the plant back up and running,” Fuerst said. “We are in communication with our customers about how we intend to fill the gap.”