* Chrysler, GM plants slow output due to carpet shortage
* Supplier plant shut by flooding in Pennsylvania
* Other automakers supplied by flooded Autoneum plant
(Adds detail on plants shut down, detail on Ford and GM,
By Meghana Keshavan and Bernie Woodall
DETROIT, Sept 14 At least five auto assembly
plant in North America have slowed output because of a shortage
of carpeting and floormats caused by a flood at a key supplier
plant in Pennsylvania, representatives of the automakers said.
Heavy rains flooded a plant in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania,
operated by Switzerland's Autoneum Holding AG (AUTON.S) last
week, the company said on the plant's website.
Chrysler was forced to cancel production shifts at a total
of three plants in Michigan, Ohio and Ontario because of a
shortage of carpet, a a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
GM also took steps to slow output at two assembly plants,
one in Michigan and one in Ontario, a spokesman said.
Ford Motor Co (F.N) said it was monitoring its inventory of
carpet and floormats but as of Wednesday night had not lost any
It was not immediately clear if other automakers supplied
by the Autoneum plant had reduced production. The plant also
supplies carpet to Toyota Motor Co (7203.T), Volkswagen AG
(VOWG_p.DE) and Daimler AG (DAIGn.DE).
Autoneum could not be immediately reached for comment.
"Due to the effects of recent storms and the significant
flooding, production has ceased at the Bloomsburg plant," the
company said on its website.
GM slowed output at a plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, and its
Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan over the weekend, a
The Ontario plant makes the top-selling Chevrolet Equinox.
The Lansing plant builds the Cadillac CTS.
The three Chrysler plants that had shifts canceled this
week because of the supply shortage. The plants are Sterling
Heights Assembly in Sterling Heights, Michigan; Toledo North in
Toledo, Ohio; and Brampton Assembly in Brampton, Ontario.
Vehicles made at the plants are the Chrysler 200, Dodge
Charger, Dodge Avenger, Jeep Liberty, Dodge Challenger,
The carpet-making plant, which is near the Susquehanna
River, was flooded by heavy rains during Tropical Storm Lee.
Michigan-based Chrysler is managed by Italy's Fiat SpA
(Reporting by Meghana Keshavan and Bernie Woodall; editing by
Gunna Dickson, Bob Burgdorfer, Gary Hill)