The U.S. subsidiary of an Italian auto supplier is battling the supply shortage on multiple fronts.
In a Washington Post story, reporter David J. Lynch tells how Sogefi SpA's plant in Prichard, W.Va., has had to deal with resin shortages for its in-house injection molding, a shortfall in computer microchips, missing springs for key parts, a shortage of cardboard for shipping and even running out of rolls of 30-pound fishing line it uses to hold together the paper inside filters.
"[Plant Purchasing Manager Todd] Gregory tried everywhere he could think of to find more of the shimmering filament, including retail outlets," Lynch wrote, noting that the company even purchased what it could find at retail fishing shops, even though those spools are about 400 yards of material, rather than 8,000 yards.
"We cleared out Cabela, Bass Pro — even Amazon," Gregory said.
The story doesn't have any suggestions things are improving soon, but at least the material shortages are getting wider attention.