GM invests C$280M in Oshawa Assembly for next-gen ICE truck production, reinforcing Canadian commitment.
Oshawa plant’s role emphasized in job creation, local economy, and GM’s truck sales success.
General Motors (GM) is gearing up for the future of trucking, announcing a C$280 million investment to produce next-generation internal combustion engine (ICE) full-size trucks at its Oshawa Assembly plant. Though specific details about the future vehicles remain under wraps, this development signifies GM’s continued commitment to its Canadian operations. The announcement follows GM’s hefty $1.2 billion investment in the same plant in 2020.
The Oshawa Assembly plant has a remarkable history of resilience and adaptation. It notably delivered one of GM’s fastest plant launches two years ago, and since its reopening, it has generated 2,600 new manufacturing jobs and bolstered Canada’s supplier job market. It’s also noteworthy that half of the recent hires at Oshawa plant are women, pointing towards a diversified workforce.
Marissa West, president and managing director of GM Canada, expressed the strategic importance of the Oshawa plant in GM’s truck sales success. She confirmed that the facility will continue to play a vital role in the production of GM’s much-loved full-size trucks, which led the company to dominate Canada’s heavy-duty truck market in 2022 and total truck sales in 2023.
Lana Payne, Unifor National President, emphasized the potential of this investment in bolstering the local economy and securing employment in Oshawa and the broader Durham region. Payne highlighted the skills and dedication of Unifor autoworkers, who she asserts are fundamental to Canada’s economic vitality and the production of world-class vehicles.