Grand Cherokee plant chip shortage turns into layoffs

Several sources, including Detroit News, Automotive News, and our own trusted source, have stated that the Jefferson Avenue plant which makes the Grand Cherokee will slow down due to a chip shortage. The root cause is the Texas grid’s lack of preparation for freezing weather, which caused power outages across the state, knocking a semiconductor factory offline. That not only affected production—destroying any materials in the manufacturing process—but also damaged equipment which has still not been repaired or replaced.

Jefferson North (2017)

Jefferson Avenue has laid off the B and C shifts for the weeks of 4/26, 5/3, and 5/10; the A crew is laid off for the weeks of 5/17, 5/24, and 5/31. (The probability that Jefferson North would go down was quite strong last week.)

Various chip and semiconductor shortages have knocked out production of cars and trucks around the world.

Get updates

Free: Get an email when we post a new article!

David Zatz started what was to become the world’s biggest, most comprehensive Mopar site in 1994 as he pursued a career in organizational research and change. After a chemo-induced break, during which he wrote car books covering Vipers, minivans, and Jeeps, he returned with some friends to create, which is intended to end up as an enduring partnership. Contact him at (973) 925-6058 or check out the new junkyard/slant six book he edited.

Reply and be heard