Late Thursday afternoon, General Motors confirmed that the 2nd and 3rd shifts at Lansing Delta Township will be laid off beginning Monday. Plans to work Saturday have been canceled. The layoffs are a direct result of a fire at a parts plant in Howell that supplies the GM plant.
General Motors says it has already cancelled production shifts at assembly plants in Flint, Mich., and Lordstown, Ohio, because of a fire at an auto parts plant that makes interior components for a number of automakers.
In addition to the Lansing Delta Township plant, other GM plants affected by the Michigan fire include Arlington, Texas; Detroit-Hamtramck in Michigan; Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Oshawa Consolidated in Canada.
GM says it's running shorter shifts, rescheduling production and changing overtime plans at the plants.
The blaze began Wednesday at Magna Atreum in Livingston County's Howell Township, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit. Magna says crews continued to work Thursday afternoon to put out hot spots.
Employees were evacuated, but no injuries were reported.
Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC have been monitoring the situation.
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