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GM to resume production at four plants idled by Japan quakes

The General Motors Fairfax plant, seen here in 2013, is set to reopen Monday.
The General Motors Fairfax plant, seen here in 2013, is set to reopen Monday. rsugg@kcstar.com

General Motors is on track to resume full operations at four North American plants where vehicle assembly was halted because of supply chain interruptions caused by earthquakes in Japan last month.

Manufacturing that was put on hold April 25 is expected to resume Monday at the Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan., and plants in Spring Hill, Tenn.; Lordstown, Ohio; and Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

U.S. workers covered by the United Auto Workers contract with GM receive about three-quarters of their gross wages while assembly is idled.

The powerful earthquakes that struck southwestern Japan killed 49 people and disrupted manufacturing and logistics.

Union leaders said last week that parts affected by the disruption are “integral electronics” that are only made in Japan.

The Fairfax plant builds the Chevrolet Malibu and the Buick LaCrosse.

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