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Saw this from GM Insiders News this morning. Great news for GM Canada. Hopefully wait times for the NOX/Terrain will drop dramatically once things ramp up. I also like that they can probably kill off the Oshawa production once/if demands subsides.

BREAKING: GM Will Add Equinox/Terrain Production Using 3rd Shift At Impala Plant

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Link: http://media.gm.ca/content/media/ca/...r/0325_Equinox





Growing Customer Demand Drives Additional Production of Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain

- Equinox/Terrain combined sales up 100% in Canada and 128% in US over last quarter

- Oshawa Plant to add third shift to begin producing Chevrolet Equinox

- CAMI Plant further expanding Body Shop capacity and increasing GMC Terrain volume

- Plan results in return of almost 700 Canadian jobs

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) - In order to meet growing customer demand for hot-selling Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain models, General Motors is implementing a unique plan to add a third shift at its award-winning Oshawa Assembly Plant to support new Equinox production there.

The Equinox and Terrain are currently produced at GM's CAMI Automotive plant in Ingersoll, Ontario. Under the plan, CAMI's Body Shop capacity will be expanded to produce extra Chevrolet 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 GMC Terrain volumes.

"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 third shift to support Equinox production in Oshawa will be added on the Consolidated Line in October and is expected to return approximately 600 employees to the plant. At CAMI, all laid off employees will soon be recalled and the additional body shop volume required to support the Equinox build in Oshawa is expected to result in the need for approximately 70 new jobs, at CAMI by August of this year.

"This is the latest in a series of very positive growth initiatives and new product mandates for our Canadian facilities," said Kevin Williams, president of GM Canada. "By the end of this year, we expect to recall all laid-off production employees in Oshawa to support the new Equinox, Regal and Camaro convertible production planned there and, at CAMI, we will even be hiring some new workers – truly great news for the employees, dealers, suppliers and communities affected."
 

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Good news for GM all around, especially Canada.
The trickle effect is good for the U.S. and Mexico as well.
Kudos to the people who still have faith in the General and North American hard work and manufacturing.
BTW, the link does not work for me.
 

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methodfilter said:
Here's a link to my local paper's article on it...
http://news.therecord.com/Business/article/689150
Excellent many thanks, methodfilter!
Interesting play by GM, but not the first time a vehicle has been transported to another facility for paint or final assembly.
I'm sure the good workers up in Oshawa will maintain the level of quality they've been producing for so many years.
 
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