Oshawa, Ontario – General Motors will expand production of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain to meet customer demand by adding a third shift to its plant in Oshawa, Ontario to support the facility in Ingersoll, Ontario where the vehicles are built.
The Equinox and Terrain are currently produced solely at GM’s CAMI Automotive plant in Ingersoll, approximately 200 km from Oshawa. Under the plan, CAMI’s body shop capacity will be expanded to produce extra Equinox units beyond the plant’s existing capacity to paint and assemble them. These Equinox body assemblies will then be shipped to the Oshawa plant for paint and final assembly alongside the current Chevrolet Impala production.
The plan also enables CAMI to increase its volume of GMC Terrain vehicles produced.
“This plan for CAMI and Oshawa allows us to meet customer demand for hot products while avoiding a potential production overcapacity situation by creatively using our assets and facilities,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. “This innovative approach enables us to ramp up in a timely and cost-effective way and highlights the importance of these plants and communities in our North American plans.”
The third shift in Oshawa will be added in October and is expected to return approximately 600 employees to the plant. At CAMI, all laid-off employees will be recalled shortly. The additional body shop volume is expected to result in 70 new jobs in CAMI by August 2010.