Plant Opening Delayed?

By: Beth Shayne
By: Beth Shayne

GM filed a lawsuit against tiremaker Goodyear on Monday. It says Goodyear isn't delivering the tires its contracted to provide GM, and that failure will prevent the Lansing Delta Township plant from making cars as scheduled.

More specifically, it says Goodyear is the sole supplier of the parts necessary for the Lambda platform. That is the body that will be used for the GMC Acadia, the Buick Enclave, and the Saturn Outlook.

The lawsuit says Goodyear breached their contract now specifically to hurt GM by preventing the opening of the Lansing Delta Township plant.

Here at home, the plant manager says they have the tires they need right now, and that they don't anticipate a delay.

"We're building very low volume now, so we're protected through next week. And I've got all the confidence in the world that they'll work out the rest of the details downtown," says Randy Thayer, Lansing Delta Township plant manager.

Ed Mackey, a Goodyear spokesperson calls the lawsuit "unfounded."

"We're disappointed GM has chosen this response and we're currently in discussion, remaining hopeful that the matter will be resolved amicably."


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