DETROIT – Many people might not know they use the “just-in-time” production method these days, which means they have to stop building when the parts run out.
That method is what’s happening, and the Anderson Economic Group is estimating $51 million in lost wages so far this week because of the blockade.
So, as the clock ticks, the loss meter continues to run.
Stellantis said, “We had some U.S. and Canadian plants cut short first shifts today due to parts shortages caused by the closure of the Detroit/Windsor Bridge. Second shifts are expected to report as scheduled.”
“This comes at a terrible time,” said Autotrader analyst Michelle Krebs. “I mean, it’s never a good time, but we were just coming out of the chip shortage, and it’s still a major factor, but inventories are incredibly low.”
Krebs is talking about new cars on dealer lots.
Julie Fream, President and CEO of, Original Equipment Suppliers Association, says, “Automotive suppliers are on the brink of a significant production crisis. We need both the Canadian and U.S. border authorities, as well as local law enforcement, to fully enforce the laws and regulations to reopen all border crossings, including the Ambassador Bridge.”