WASHINGTON– General Motors said Friday it will idle for two weeks in April an assembly plant in Indiana that builds pickup, over ongoing semiconductor chip scarcities . The Detroit car manufacturer said it will halt production at its Fort Wayne assembly plant, which builds the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, for two weeks beginning April 4.”There is still unpredictability and unpredictability in the semiconductor supply base, and we are actively dealing with our providers to reduce prospective concerns moving on,”GM said Friday. The automaker stated thisis its very first semiconductor-related full-size truck production downtime considering that August. GM noted that overall it has actually”seen better consistency in semiconductor supply through the first quarter compared to in 2015 as a whole. This has actually equated into enhancement in our production and deliveries during the first three months of the

year.”GM Ceo Mary Barra met some legislators on Capitol Hill this week, including Republican Senator Todd

Young of Indiana. GM is backing an expense in Congress to offer$52 billion in federal government aids to enhance U.S. semiconductor manufacturing. GM stated that legislation could help”alleviate the continuous lack that continues to affect U.S. automotive production.”

(Reporting by David Shepardson ; editing by Jonathan Oatis )Associated video: Source