General Motors announced Thursday that it will keep one of its Oshawa, Ontario assembly lines open two years longer than expected, which was set to shut down in August 2014.
The decision comes with the need to meet demand for the Chevrolet Equinox crossover and older fleet versions of the Chevrolet Impala sedan, which are assembled on Oshawa’s Consolidated Line. The line will remain open until 2016.
The Oshawa facility currently employs about 3,500 people, but the closure of the consolidated line could mean the elimination of as much as 1,500 jobs from the facility. The Flex Line will still assemble the Cadillac XTS, Buick Regal and Chevrolet Camaro (until the Camaro moves to Lansing, Michigan in 2016).