GM to shut plant amid Japan crisis

General Motors has announced it will temporarily stop production at a factory in Louisiana due to shortage of materials arising out of the crisis in Japan.

The American car giant has not revealed the names of parts that are in short supply, but added it intends to resume production at the assembly plant in Shreveport, Louisiana, as soon as possible.

GM said operations in other plants in North America have not been impaired so far.

It is the first US-based car firm to halt production in in North America because of disruption in part shipments following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan last week.

Japanese firms Toyota and Subaru have already slowed production in their plants in the region to conserve the current stock of parts.

GM manufactures the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado pick-up trucks in its Louisiana plant, which employs 800 workers.

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