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BREAKING: GM shuttering one of its Oshawa plants

Older car plant set to close by June 2013, which could cut the jobs of 2,000 people.


June 1, 2012
by The Canadian Press

OSHAWA, Ont.: The Canadian Auto Workers union says General Motors (GM) is going ahead with plans to close its consolidated plant in Oshawa, Ont.

The union says it’s been told the facility—the older part of the Oshawa car plant—will close by June 2013 and says that could mean 2,000 layoffs.

President of CAW Local 222 president Chris Buckley says GM gave the union notice today.

The plant produces the Chevrolet Impala and the Equinox.

GM also has a flex assembly plant in Oshawa that is getting a share of the production of the new Chevy Impala.

That flex line currently employs 2,000 people and currently makes the Chevy Camaro, Buick Regal and soon, the Cadillac XTS.

The Impala will also be built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in Michigan.

GM is scaling back its overall operations in Canada as part of a North American restructuring begun two years ago under bankruptcy court protection.

That streamlining led to the loss of tens of thousands of jobs at the company’s Canadian and US operations and the shutdown of several plants.

In Canada, GM has already closed a truck plant in Oshawa and a transmission factory in Windsor, Ont.

GM Canada currently employs more than 10,000 people across the country. In its heyday, the automaker had more than twice that total and major operations in Oshawa, St. Catharines, Ont. and Windsor.

©The Canadian Press