UPDATE 1-GM to shut Louisiana plant due to parts shortage

DETROIT, March 17 Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:08pm EDT

DETROIT, March 17 (Reuters) - General Motors Co (GM.N) will suspended production at its Shreveport Assembly plant in Louisiana next week because of a parts shortage resulting from the crisis in Japan, the company said on Thursday.

The plant, employs 923 hourly and salaried workers and builds two pick-up truck models: Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.

GM said it had sufficient vehicles to meet customer demand and would resume production as soon as possible. All the automaker's other North American plants are operating.

During the first two months of the year, GM sold more than 4,800 Colorado trucks, up 51 percent from the year earlier. During that same period, Canyon sales rose 21 percent to about 1,460.

Last year, the sales of both vehicles fell more than 20 percent each. (Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; editing by Andre Grenon)

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