UPDATE: (1:38 p.m.) — The General Motors Delta Township plant has canceled their second shift for Thursday due to the protest at the U.S. and Canadian border.
This is the third shift that has now been canceled because of the disruption at the Ambassador Bridge.
The second shift was canceled Wednesday, and now both shifts have been canceled for Thursday.
Workers are planning to return for their normal schedule tomorrow morning.
Stay tuned and we will continue to update you as we learn more.
UPDATE 5:40 a.m. (WLNS) — WXYZ in Detroit reported around 5:00 a.m. on Thursday the Ambassador Bridge was closed in both directions.
Around 7:45 a.m. Windsor Police said the Ambassador Bridge is not closed U.S. bound but the presence of demonstrators at the bridge is causing delays and making it difficult to cross.
They encouraged everyone to avoid both access points.
UPDATE: (WLNS) — The General Motors Delta Township assembly plant has now cancelled the first shift production at Lansing Delta Township for Thursday, Feb. 10, because of production disruptions at the Canadian border.
Canadian truck drivers are protesting COVID-19 restrictions along border crossings with Michigan.
These drivers are blocking traffic, and have been for days. Because of that, it is impacting supplies coming into the U.S.
For three days now, the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Ontario to Detroit, has been blocked.
MSU professor Jason Miller said that’s a problem for both the United States and Canada.
“In terms of numbers ballpark it about $250 million a day of imports and exports just for the auto sector flow across that bridge,” Professor Miller said.
Disruption at the border spilled over close to home.
Wednesday, the second shift at GM’s Delta Township assembly plant was canceled.
Officials with General Motors said that’s because of a parts shortage that is directly related to the border protests.
Cancellations don’t stop there. The first shift on February 10 has also been canceled.
DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) — The General Motors plant in Delta Township has canceled their second production shift over the disruptions at the U.S. and Canadian border.
Truck drivers who are opposed to new restrictions at the Canadian border have parked in front of the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.
The bridge has been called “one of the most important border crossings in the world.” It carries 25% of all trade between Canada and the United States.
Now, the backup has already caused problems here in the Lansing area.
“We are working closely with our logistics providers to mitigate any potential impacts to our production and operations,” said Erin Davis, a communications representative with GM.
The decision was made because of part shortages.
6 News has a reporter on the story and we will bring you more information throughout the night.