Workers at the General Motors Oshawa plant in Ontario, Canada, are in for a few extra weeks of downtime. The Star reported last Friday that workers will be temporarily laid off as the plant shifts from passenger car production, to truck production.
Workers who build the Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala were informed of the layoffs, but GM made it clear that it will retain all jobs. The automaker did not give additional details of how many workers will be laid off, or how long the temporary layoff will last.
Interestingly, GM spokesperson Jennifer Wright said the line previously responsible for building the Chevrolet Equinox is being retooled for truck production, but the type of truck won’t be released until January. The choice of words may allude to the next-generation 2019 Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra. The trucks could debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show if Wright is referring to an all-new truck for production at Oshawa. Her statement added production will also begin next January. A previous report said Chevrolet Silverado production would move to Canada.
The truck production heading to Oshawa comes after a bitter battle to keep the plant open during last year’s labor negotiations. GM eventually invested $400 million for new product.