GM Keeps Canadian Plant Open Two Years Longer Than Expected
Thanks to strong sales numbers for the Chevrolet Equinox and Impala vehicles, General Motors has decided to keep the Oshawa, Ontario, assembly line that manufactures them open until 2016. The time frame was expanded after both models received high quality marks from J.D. Power and Associates. Originally set to close this past June, workers believe that it was because of their skills and efficiency that the plant was worth keeping open. Thanks to a deal made during contract talks last year among GM executives, the majority of the workers' jobs were preserved. The additional two year time frame could potentially turn into the automaker keeping the production plant open indefinitely, according to union executives. However, the original decision to close down production at the plant was because Canada was the most expensive country for producing cars. Currently, the Canadian plant employs 650 people. As it is, the old Chevrolet Impala is staying in production for another few years as a fleet-only model, and the Chevrolet Equinox is expected to be replaced in the 2015 model year with an all-new model based on the forthcoming Chevrolet Cruze. "By maintaining production over the next few years, we have a chance to bring in another product and keep the plant open longer," said Ron Svajlenko, president of Unifor Local 222, in a recent statement. The plant's flex line currently makes the Chevrolet Camaro, although production of the next-gen Camaro may go to Lansing in 2015. Other models produced at the plant include the 2014 Buick Regal and Cadillac XTS. Source: Detroit Free Press
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