As the Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant prepares to undertake final assembly of Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras, GM will also extend the facility’s production cuts.
The Globe and Mail reported on Wednesday that the Oshawa plant will continue to operate with one shift for the rest of the first quarter. GM cut the plant’s second shift last month after halting production of the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS for three weeks last month.
The single-shift operation will now run through May 28, the automaker said.
Meanwhile, pickup truck production also began last month. Oshawa will receive unfinished truck bodies from the Fort Wayne, Indiana, plant and will be responsible for paint and final assembly of the current-generation pickups. When the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and 2019 GMC Sierra launch, the current pickups will become the Silverado Legacy and Sierra Limited.
Oshawa’s role will also help curb lost production as GM retools its U.S. and Mexico facilities for next-generation pickup production.
GM Canada said truck production will increase in the coming months and the plant’s second shift should come back online this summer.