More than 100 of GM's suppliers have signed a right-of-access agreement, a legal document that gives GM the right to take over a supplier's factory temporarily.
Only twice has GM formally taken over a facility. In 1992, GM sent consultants to run headliner manufacturer Van Dresser Corp. in Westland, Michigan, for six months until Textron bought the company.
In 1995, on behalf of GM, the consulting firm BBK Ltd. took control of Composite Energy Management System Inc., a bumper manufacturer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. BBK ran it for 14 months.
GM can take over a plant if:
Supplier admits it cannot maintain production
Supplier files for bankruptcy
Creditors try to seize assets
Late deliveries threaten to disrupt GM production
Production falls behind schedule by a pre-set amount