GM resumes production of Chevrolet Silverado pickups in Canada

GM Resumes Production

The first pickup has rolled off the retooled assembly line at General Motors’ Oshawa Assembly Plant, reviving a more than century-long history at the site whose line had appeared to lurch to a permanent halt in December 2019.

Chevrolet resumes production of Silverado in Canada
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The automaker took just over a year to complete the retool, which included the addition of an entirely new body shop where staff will piece together Chevrolet Silverado pickups.

GM Canada President Scott Bell said the 12-month project was among the fastest plant launches in company history, running a full year ahead of typical vehicle launch timelines.

“The rapid retooling, hiring, and training needed to reach today’s start of production was an extraordinary accomplishment,” he said in a release.

The start of truck assembly Nov. 10 is also roughly two months ahead of the original January 2022 target GM shared last November when announcing the up to $1.3 billion investment.

Unifor President Jerry Dias said the return of vehicle production to Oshawa is “unprecedented.”

“It is an achievement owed to the resiliency and dedication of Unifor members. Seeing the first of many trucks roll off the newly re-opened Oshawa assembly line was a proud moment for everyone who fought shoulder to shoulder for these jobs.”

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