GM to return pickup production to Canada from 2022November 6, 2020
Following Ford Motor Company and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, General Motors is now close to reaching a preliminary agreement with Canadian union Unifor in negotiations.
GM is planning to build pickups again in Ontario and invest additional funds in the St. Catharines engine plant and Woodstock parts distribution center. This was announced by the President and Managing Director of GM Canada Scott Bell.
“Subject to the ratification of our 2020 agreement with Unifor, General Motors plans to return pickup production to the Oshawa assembly plant, while making additional investments in the St. Catharines engine plant and Woodstock parts distribution center,” Bell said.
In Oshawa, the automaker plans to invest between C $ 1 billion (US $ 766.5 million) to C $ 1.3 billion (US $ 996.4 million) and create between 1,400 and 1,700 jobs. In addition, the company has pledged to invest C $ 109 million (US $ 83.5 million) in the St. Catharines plant to support additional engine and transmission production and C $ 0.5 million (US $ 0.38 million) in the distribution center. parts Woodstock.
GM said construction will begin immediately and will include a new body shop and flexible assembly module. These updates will help quickly respond to strong customer demand for the new family of GM pickups. The American automaker plans to start production of pickups in Ontario in January 2022.
“Pickup trucks are the largest and most important segment of the GM market in Canada and across the continent. They are also helping GM fund our transition to an electric, autonomous future we see ahead, ”added the head of GM Canada.
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