General Motors has announced a deal with Canadian auto workers union Unifor that includes reviving truck production at its Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant. The announcement states truck production will commence in Oshawa in 2022.
GM is the last of the Detroit three automakers to negotiate a collective bargaining deal with Unifor, but reviving Oshawa is certainly a big win for the union. Oshawa Assembly Plant has not produced GM trucks since 2009. GM says it will be investing about $1.8 billion into Oshawa for truck production, work of which will begin immediately and ultimately allow the automaker to hire 1,400 to 1,700 workers.
Construction at Oshawa will include a new body shop and flexible assembly model. These changes are designed to allow GM to seize on surging pickup truck demand as quickly as possible. GM’s target is to start production in Oshawa by January 2022.
Oshawa isn’t the only Canadian facility slated for investment as part of the new Unifor deal. GM is also making investments into its St. Catherines, Ontario Propulsion Plant and Woodstock Parts Distribution Center.
GM says it continues to work with the Ontario and Canadian governments regarding these projects.