Workers to return to GM's Oshawa plant

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In order to meet demands for the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain models, General Motors Canada announced late last week it plans to add a third shift at its Oshawa Assembly Plant.

The third shift to support Equinox production will be added in October and is expected to return approximately 600 employees to the plant.

“This plan for CAMI and Oshawa allows us to meet customer demand for hot products while avoiding a potential production over-capacity 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 Equinox and Terrain are currently produced at GM’s CAMI Automotive plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. Under the plan, CAMI’s capacity will be expanded to produce extra Chevrolet Equinox units beyond the plant’s existing capacity to paint and assemble them.

The Equinox body assemblies will then be shipped to the Oshawa plant for paint and final assembly alongside the current Chevrolet Impala production.

GM said in a release that all laid off employees at CAMI would soon be recalled.