This is ahead of the previously targeted January 2022 re-opening.
This is great news for the plant and the region.
Back in November of 2018, GM announced that their Oshawa operations were to shut down as of December 2019. Two years after the announcement, GM and Unifor worked out an agreement that would see Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras leaving the assembly line. The good news is that it’s happening, and sooner than expected.
General Motors has just announced that instead of returning to the business of trucks from January 2022, it’s going to happen in the 4th quarter of 2021 instead. Everything about this deal is good news for everyone in the area. As part of the C$1.3 billion investment to prepare Oshawa for truck production, a new body shop ( big enough to occupy the equivalent of 13 acres) and more than 1,200 new robots are being installed. Best of all, however, is that 1,700 news jobs will be created.
Statement attributed to Scott Bell, GM Canada President, and Managing Director: “Working with the Canadian government and our Unifor partners, GM is pulling ahead truck production at Oshawa Assembly to Q4 of 2021, ahead of the previous target of January 2022. Oshawa has a long history of innovation, speed, and launch excellence and is on track to deliver one of the fastest plant launches in GM history.”