Plant closed since February after microchip shortage
Will still have scheduled summer shutdown in July
The General Motors CAMI plant in Ingersoll ON that builds Chevrolet Equinox is reopening sooner than expected, per a post yesterday from the Union Local that represents hourly workers there. It’s just a few weeks early, but it’s a good sign for a plant hard-hit by semiconductor shortages.
The plant first shut down at the beginning of February, but what was supposed to last only a few weeks continued to extend. The last official word from GM was that the plant would remain closed until at least June 28 as GM prioritised high-profit models and consolidated production as a result of the ongoing global semiconductor shortage. More than 1,900 hourly workers were affected.
Yesterday, Unifor Local 88 posted to its Facebook page a return to work notice from General Motors to the workers at the plant. The memo said that maintenance workers would return to the job the week of June 7, and that production work would resume for two shifts starting Monday June 14th.
While that will put the plant to work for a few weeks, it is still set for the normal scheduled summer shutdown to happen the weeks of July 5th and 12th. The memo said that GM “will continue to communicate often to keep [staff] informed of the production schedule following the summer shutdown.”
The semiconductor shortage is expected to be far from over, but any plant reopening is positive news for the industry, where sales are currently outpacing production leading to low availability and increased prices for used vehicles.