DETROIT Aug 12 Heavy rains in southeast
Michigan hit the operations of U.S. automakers in the region,
including forcing the closure of General Motors Co's
technical center outside Detroit
Detroit city officials said Monday night's heavy rainfall
was the most rain the city had seen in almost nine decades. It
caused flooding, power losses and road closures, including parts
of several major highways.
GM's technical center in Warren, Michigan, was closed after
flooding caused loss of power in parts of the campus, a
spokeswoman said. GM and contractors employ about 19,000 people
there in various functions. including research and development,
design, engineering, information technology and customer
The employees were told to work from home or other remote
locations while the No. 1 U.S. automaker worked to get the
technical center reopened, the spokeswoman said. No timetable
was available on when that would be.
GM said there had been no impact on any of its plants in the
Ford Motor Co said some plant operations were affected
Monday night, including production slowdowns at the Dearborn,
Michigan, truck and stamping plants; an assembly plant in Wayne,
Michigan; the Sterling, Michigan, axle and transmission plants;
and a stamping plant in Woodhaven, Michigan.
Additionally, a spokeswoman said the No. 2 U.S. automaker's
Chicago and Kentucky assembly plants experienced some production
interruptions due to flooding at Michigan-based suppliers, but
all Ford plants were operating on normal schedules.
Chrysler Group, a unit of Italy's Fiat, said four
of its plants in Michigan had been affected by flooding. The
unit said it also had higher-than-normal worker absenteeism and
slowed deliveries due to road closures.
The plants affected included assembly plants in Detroit and
Sterling Heights, Michigan, as well as stamping plants in
Sterling Heights and Warren. Production was slowed at the
plants, but the company expects production on the second shifts
at all the plants to resume at normal times.
(Reporting by Ben Klayman in Detroit; Editing by Jonathan