Supplier Meridian Lightweight Technologies is working on moving some of its U.S. production to an Ontario facility after fire ripped through a plant in Eaton Rapids, Mich., on May 2.
The Lansing State Journal reported last week that two people were injured and more than 150 workers were evacuated due to a fire and ensuing explosions at the 208,000-square-foot (19,320-square-metre) Meridian Magnesium Products of America plant.
The plant produces instrument panel components at the plant, with annual production of around 13,140 net metric tons (14,484 tons), the supplier's website said.
Meridian said it is working with its customers to move dies to its plants in Strathroy, Ontario, and the United Kingdom, Plant Manager George Asher wrote in a letter to Automotive News, though the letter did not disclose the names of the customers.
However, about 3,600 union workers at Ford Motor Co.'s Kansas City Assembly Plant are on temporary layoff this week because of a parts shortage following the fire at the Michigan-based supplier.
The workers will be furloughed May 7-14, according to Ford and the UAW.
The layoffs affect 3,600 workers who build the F-150 pickup. Workers who build Transit vans are not affected.
Workers will receive about 80 percent of their take-home pay for the hours they're losing this week, Ford said.
It's not known if the fire has affected Chrysler Pacifica production at FCA's Windsor Assembly Plant. Officials from FCA and Unifor, the union that represents workers there, did not immediately respond to calls and emails on Monday.
But last week, both told CTV Windsor they were monitoring the situation.
Mercedes-Benz, one of Meridian's other clients, said some of its operations were not affected by the incident. However, at other shops, Mercedes "will temporarily halt production through midweek until an assessment and recovery plan is confirmed," a spokesperson told Automotive News in an email.
BMW, in a statement to Automotive News, said production of its X5 crossover will be affected Monday afternoon and evening. It said its plant South Carolina has an inventory of parts on hand.
Other Meridian customers, including General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, did not immediately respond.
As of Friday, the cause of the fire had not been identified. The plant was bringing operations back online, the company said.