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GM restarts truck production at Oshawa assembly plant

Auto maker says plant reopening will create 1,800 jobs as first Silverado pickup rolls off the line.

November 10, 2021   Mike McLeod

The first Chevy Silverado off the line from GM Canada’s re-started Oshawa Assembly Plant.
(Photo credit: GM Canada)

OSHAWA, Ont. – 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.


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.

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