GM restarts truck production at Oshawa assembly plant

by The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

General Motors has restarted vehicle production at its Oshawa Assembly Plant after shutting operations down at the end of 2019.

The company says the first Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck on the retooled line was completed Wednesday and that trucks will start shipping to dealers in December.

GM says the plant should create about 1,800 jobs over two shifts, while also supporting thousands of additional jobs from suppliers.

The restart of production comes about a year after GM announced it would invest upwards of $1.3 billion to reopen the operation.

The return of truck assembly work to the Oshawa plant is a significant moment in Canadian manufacturing history, marking the first time that an assembly line has been successfully reopened. It also happens to be the fastest plant retooling in General Motors history.

GM, which said it moved to reopen the plant because of strong demand for pickups, had initially planned to restart operations in early 2022 but moved up the schedule earlier this year.

The closure of the Oshawa plant in late 2019 led to about 2,300 GM employees being laid off plus thousands more at suppliers.