According to the Toronto Sun, General Motors will be shutting down one of the lines at its Oshawa, Ontario plant, putting 2,000 workers out of a job. As of yet, no official notice has been given to the employees or the Canadian Auto Workers union that represents them, though an official announcement is reportedly coming within the next couple of days.

GM will be closing the line that currently builds the Chevrolet Equinox and outgoing Impala models. Recently, we reported that the automaker would be adding Equinox production to its Spring Hill, Tennessee facility, but this news of a line closure in Oshawa likely means that GM's compact crossover will now be built exclusively in the United States. The 2014 Impala will move to GM's flexible line in Oshawa, where it will be built alongside the Buick Regal, Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac XTS. The Impala will also be built at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck facility, which is currently responsible for the Chevrolet Malibu and Volt.

Another report from The Globe and Mail suggests that a third shift could be added to the flex line when production of the Impala and XTS fire up. If that's the case, employment on this line would rise from about 2,000 to 2,500 workers, and the laid-off employees from the consolidated line would have first crack at these jobs.


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      KaptnKauto
      • 2 Years Ago
      Re: " this news of a line closure in Oshawa likely means that GM's compact crossover will now be built exclusively in the United States." Actually teh Equinox is primarily built at GM's CAMI facility in Ingersol Ontario. The Oshawa line was for over flow requirements due to the high demand for the vehicle. GM was preparing the Spring Hill operation to take over this Overflow. However either way you look at it, there are still going to be some huge losses in Oshawa for 2000 people and their families. Granted the Union requires a 12 month notice so this is just the beginning of this story I'm sure.
        TBN27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KaptnKauto
        To be honest, i am not worried because according to the article, they will be ramping the impala and XTS to go along with the Regal, Lacrosse and Camaro. So 2000 + 500 more positions, on top of that those laid off will get first offers, it will be alright. So far i think this article is sensationalist. If Toyota, or Hyundai were to do this, wouldn't hear the haters crowing.
      scott3
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok lets get some truth and fact involved here. #1 Ingersol is the main plant for the Nox, Terrain and SRX.. #2 The Nox was only set up on a temp line set up to help with demand. The bodys were built in Ingersoll and sent to Oshawa by truck train. Trucks were loaded with 5-6 bodys and sent to Oshawa to be built.. Oshawa never set up to build the bodies as it was never intended to be perminate. #3 GM is in the mix to move a lot of lines right now. There is much more in play here. The first steps are taking place to work deals with the CAW to put new lines into this plant. GM normally hold the offer of a new line for a better deal. If a better deal is not met the treat of the new line going elsewhere is given. The local unions that work with GM get rewarded with new lines. When the locals get mad they kick and scream to the press as like in this case. Oshawa will have the Camaro up in 2015 when it changes to the Alpha. Also there has always been talk of the VF based Zeta coming to the line that the Camaro is on. The Nox, Terrain are going to the Delta II in late 2014 so this one could be moved around too. GM has tried to move some lines back to the states not to make Bama happy but to make the Union happy and for good PR after the bail out fall out. For the most GM is doing what GM wants as most of the cars they are building are counter to what the govement really wants. If anything the major MFG's will have it ut with the goverment by 2017 if they do not give them a break on the 53 MPG CAFE. GM has been moving into the China market but what MFG is not? It is the fastest growing automotive segment and if you do not move to sell cars there you risk not being around anywhere. The bottom line to this report is translated like this. GM to anounce future products for Oshawa stay tuned. What they get will be up to the deal the CAW agrees too. In other words don't blow this into anything bigger than it really is. Lordstown, Wentzville and others have all been thorgh this same thing too. GM got a good labor deal at Lordstown from the UAW and they got the Cruze after threats of closing the plant. It is a boom town now. FYI the UAW complained to the press there too.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sad for Canada.
      WINNER
      • 2 Years Ago
      VERY smart for GM, Cutting cost and adding jobs here in the US. Im glad that they are making the correct adjustments to prevent any lay offs here in the US. Now lets just hope this new 2014 Impala will rival the sales numbers of its Juggernaut selling current impala. The design is OLD and dated but its a great running car and they are EVERYWHERE :)
      Matt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Tell the whole story. There is more to the story. Here is part-----Closure of the Oshawa Consolidated Line was originally announced in 2005, slated for 2008. Steady demand for the Impala sedan and the addition of Equinox production gave the plant a five-year life extension.
      pbgardenpet
      • 2 Years Ago
      They will start laying off soon in the US. Another obama failure.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pbgardenpet
        And the Impala will also be built in Michigan. Also the new models the Chevy Sonic and Chevy Volt are built in America.....
        superchan7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pbgardenpet
        Article non-readers gonna non-read articles.
        Dave
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pbgardenpet
        "Recently, we reported that the automaker would be adding Equinox production to its Spring Hill, Tennessee facility...."
      john loves linda
      • 2 Years Ago
      another american car built in another country. and my toyota is american made....
        stevendy1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @john loves linda
        with all the money going back to japan--how nice of you think of them and not US..
        Ron Coyne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @john loves linda
        Built in America... Owned By Japan... Which is worse?
        tylermars.design
        • 2 Years Ago
        @john loves linda
        This just in...........You're an idiot.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @john loves linda
        Your Toyota must not be any Lexus model, any Scion model, or the Yaris, Prius, Prius V, Rav 4, Matrix, and FJ Cruiser because those are all imported...... Nice try troll.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @john loves linda
        [blocked]
          superchan7
          • 2 Years Ago
          Everyone in the auto industry builds where they sell. Japanese companies build here for here as GM builds in China for China and in Europe for Europe. It's business, and business is being pushed around by exchange rates. On the topic of competitive Big 3 cars, they exist but I would not expect them to exist in every segment. For example, I love mid-engined sports cars (and do have one) and the Big 3 do not currently offer any.
      sstuczynsk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is GM moving that roduction to China also? Afterall, 70% of the cars GM makes is made outside he USA. Their international headquarers are in China. So much for our bail out. Keep jobs in the USA not China.
        GreaseMonkeySRT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sstuczynsk
        Not a single vehicle manufactured in China is sold in the US. GM builds where it sells.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sstuczynsk
        Don't read much do you...... The article stated the Equinox will be built in Tennessee (that is in the USA) and the Impala will also be built in Michigan (also USA). GM's headquarters is in Michigan (USA if you don't know the states as it looks like...). Since the USA is not 70% of the world, there are many other contries that GM builds cars for so yes, not all cars are built in the USA. Remember, the earth is a very large place.....
        richard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sstuczynsk
        You really think so, bozo? Do you actually believe this stuff your making up? sstuczy-anti-Americam moron.
          Remarks 208
          • 2 Years Ago
          @richard
          richard.... please try to broaden your horizons and get your news somewhere other than the huff & puff, moveon.stooge (or the other soros fronts) or the campaign to con America - AGAIN - you might actually learn that the left lies.... but only when they say or publish something or take a breath.
          ddstan1120
          • 2 Years Ago
          @richard
          Hello, out there in fantasyland, where you reside. This is not "made up stuff". If you really wnat to look for anti american, look no further than Washington, D.C.. Name calling only enhances the image you project, which is really low brow!
      ddstan1120
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is not news at all. 70% of all GM vehicles are NOT built in the USA, with China getting the best of the deal. China has no unions, Mexico has no unions, Canada has no unions! As a matter of fact, of all the assembly plants GM has in the USA are union shops, or shops where union dues are required to work there. Of all the foreign auto makers that are moving to the USA they are coming to "right to work" states. That should start turning some light on in heavily union states. Our GM plant here in Shreveport, La. is closing in July, so there goes another 900 jobs. (another union shop).
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ddstan1120
        Canada has no unions? Really? The CAW would like to have a word with you.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ddstan1120
        What are you a politician??? You try and mislead people with your post or maybe your are just misled...... "70% of all GM vehicles are NOT built in the USA, with China getting the best of the deal." You maybe pulling information on cars built and sold across the world, not just in the USA. GM doesn't build cars in China and sell them in the USA.... The Chinese built cars are for China and surrounding areas..... Do you even realize that the Japanese and German automakers have union shops in their home countries?
        GreaseMonkeySRT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ddstan1120
        Where are you pulling that BS from? Every vehicle sold in the US by GM right now is built in the US, Canada or Mexico, and the overwhelming majority is built in the USA.
          atomgrants
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GreaseMonkeySRT
          Don't try to explain it, next thing you will want them to read a book
        Betty
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ddstan1120
        Its time to get rid of the unions and let people work by choice.
        atomgrants
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ddstan1120
        1st 70% of GM cars in the US are built in the US, it's called specs. Oh, no Mexico and China don't have unions, they have child labor. So if that's what you want MOVE YOUR A*S
          Rico Suave
          • 2 Years Ago
          @atomgrants
          "1st 70% of GM cars in the US are built in the US, it's called specs.".... specs? What the heck are you talking about? Please clarify.
      Remarks 208
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a surprise.... obama motors and the UAW shafted the Canadians just like they did the US taxpayers, the rightful owners of General Motors and all of the GE creditors... But what the heck, they've agreed to underwrite the costs of an English pro soccer team... build cars in China (their largest market) and mexico with US (and Canadian) taxpayer dollars.... so in the weird world of liberals everything is just hunky dory!
        atomgrants
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Remarks 208
        bitterness...if you took a vocational class for a year or 2 you could get a good paying job too. You'd have to check into AA first though, Coming to work drunk won't do
      victorzeller
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love it. 2000 more union thugs out of a job. When all unions are done away with, business will be so much better.
        Ski
        • 2 Years Ago
        @victorzeller
        You don't have a clue to what you're rambling about!
        bigpapapuff425
        • 2 Years Ago
        @victorzeller
        victorzeller..... Don't be jealous because the only job you can get is cleaning toilets!!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @victorzeller
        [blocked]
      Jasper Blubber
      • 2 Years Ago
      gee thats odd, just the other day the media was telling us how all the gm plants were working overtime just to keep up demand, full steam ahead is what i read but it looks like this might not be, would hate to think that our liberal biased media would stoop to giving the american people a picture of how sweet the economy is getting just to help big "o" get re-elected. weres the story of how GM announced in china that 73% of the vehicle built by them will be built in china, nice to see that the bail out money went to keeping some people employed, too bad they had to be in china, this is almost as bad as the guy from general electric to start america back to a recovery stage and sure enough he had a factory built and they hired 5000 employees, just to bad they also where in china, way to go big "O", too bad you couldn't run for president of china, i think you would do great
        dcsavedbygrace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jasper Blubber
        GM car's built in China are sold in China. And with 73% of vehicles being built in China that's because there market in much bigger than our market. Some people hate the fact that GM is #1 in the world once more. Why is it that those on the right seem to root against there own country?
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