General Motors will once again produce full-size pickup trucks at its Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant. The news comes not from General Motors, but rather from a news release issued by the Unifor union at one of the plant’s primary suppliers.
According to the media release from the Unifor union, GM will begin producing the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra at the Oshawa facility in the fourth quarter of this year. The media release is actually with regards to the production of seats for the trucks, which is done by auto supplier Lear Corporation.
The news comes after rumors of the plant’s closure, which subsided a bit after a recent collective bargaining deal between the Canadian Auto Workers and GM. The Oshawa truck assembly plant opened back in 1918, but closed in 2008 during the height of the financial crisis and GM’s own bankruptcy. Since then GM’s half-ton trucks have been produced in Mexico.
Unifor says the agreement between they and Lear is a two-year agreement, ending on July 1, 2019. Unifor also went on to confirm that the agreement includes the possibility of Lear gaining GM’s business on its next-generation full-size pickups, known as the T1XX program. Today’s trucks are referred to as K2XX.
Although GM has not publicly confirmed anything related to its next-generation pickups, they are largely rumored to begin production in late 2018 as 2019 models.