General Motors Co. (GM - Get Report) halted production Wednesday night at 15 Michigan manufacturing plants amid record cold temperatures because a fire involving equipment of a local utility company was reducing the availability of natural gas in the area, Automotive News reported.
GM, at the request of Consumers Energy, a unit of CMS Energy Corp. (CMS - Get Report) , said it stopped production at four assembly plants and 11 supporting facilities as a way for the utility to conserve natural gas, according to company officials. GM also is asking the roughly 20,000 employees at its Warren Tech Center to work from home through at least Friday, the report said.
Consumers Energy CEO Patti Poppe also said Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCAU - Get Report) and Ford Motor Co. (F - Get Report) voluntarily cut gas use and interrupted production schedules through Friday.
Fiat Chrysler canceled a shift Thursday at both its Warren Truck and Sterling Heights Assembly plants and was considering whether it would need to cancel additional shifts, according to Reuters.
Ford said it took steps to reduce energy use at its four Michigan plants supplied by Consumers Energy, but added the situation remained fluid, Reuters noted.
Michigan is among the midwestern states that have experienced record cold temperatures this week. As of 7 a.m. ET Thursday, it was 12 degrees in Detroit.
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