GM will reopen two assembly plants in April thanks to a supply of axles from an American Axle plant in Mexico. Earlier this week, GM shifted axle supplies from its SUV production plant in Arlington, Texas to two plants that build pick-up trucks, which came from the same Guanajuato, Mexico plant.
The Mexican plant supplies GM's Silao, Mexico assembly plant as well as the Texas location, and has been shipping parts throughout the American Axle strike in the U.S., as it was not affected. The plant could be contracted to ship more parts to GM's Oshawa plant, which is set to re-open later this month, according to Automotive News.
Furthermore, the Canadian Oshawa plant is slated to build the upcoming Camaro, and UAW officials are concerned American Axle will ship parts for that vehicle from Mexico, some 2,000 miles away, instead of the Buffalo plant, which is just 120 miles away. Such a move would show the UAW they can prolong the strike, while keeping GM somewhat happy with as much parts as they can manage.
Full bargaining is still set to resume between the UAW and American Axle on Wednesday.