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GM, Toyota, Chrysler Resume Production After Storm

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Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Chrysler Group LLC resumed regular production at all U.S. factories that were shut down because of a winter storm.

All of GM’s nine affected assembly plants are running today, spokeswoman Kimberly Carpenter said in an e-mail. Toyota’s factories are running after the automaker closed down its Princeton, Indiana, plant and the Camry sedan line at an Indiana factory shared with Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.’s Subaru unit, said Tania Saldana, a Toyota spokeswoman. Subaru will resume normal operations on its second shift at the factory today, spokeswoman Jennifer McGarvey said.

More than 30 U.S. factories, including those run by Honda Motor Co. and Ford Motor Co., were shut yesterday as the storm dumped snow from the Midwest to Maine. Honda reopened plants in Ohio and Indiana, Ed Miller, a spokesman, said in an e-mail.

Chrysler resumed production operations at facilities in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Canada, Jodi Tinson, a spokesman, said in e-mail sent late yesterday.

Ford’s Chicago plant, which produces the Taurus sedan and redesigned Explorer SUV, remained down today due to weather conditions and impassable roads, spokeswoman Marcey Evans said. All other plants are up and running today, she said.

Ford had closed plants in Flat Rock and Dearborn, Michigan; Avon Lake, Ohio; Claycomo, Missouri and Chicago, Evans said yesterday.

GM had stopped production at nine factories in Missouri, Michigan, Kansas, Indiana and Texas, Carpenter said yesterday. The closings affected production of a range of models for the Detroit-based automaker, including its Chevrolet Malibu sedan, Silverado pickup and Volt plug-in electric car.

To contact the reporters on this story: Craig Trudell in Southfield, Michigan, at ctrudell1@bloomberg.net; Alan Ohnsman in Los Angeles at aohnsman@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jamie Butters at jbutters@bloomberg.net.

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