General Motors has announced it will commence production of the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks at Oshawa Assembly in the fourth-quarter of this year, ahead of the previous target of January 2022.
The automaker began re-tooling the Oshawa Assembly plant in Southern Ontario late last year to prepare it for pickup truck production. The assembly line at the facility has remained idle since 2019, when GM killed off the Chevy Impala and Cadillac XTS sedans, but is now set to come back online once production of the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups begins there later this year.
GM invested $1.3 billion CAD in the Oshawa plant to prep it to build both light- and heavy-duty versions of the Silverado and Sierra. The plant will create roughly 1,700 new direct jobs once it is up and running at full capacity. The company has already begun accepting applications for positions at the plant and is currently seeking more than 1,500 production line workers, 110 certified electricians and 60 certified industrial mechanic millwrights.
Right now, GM builds its full-size pickup trucks at three plants. Light duty models are built at the GM Fort Wayne Assembly plant in Indiana and GM Silao Assembly plant in Mexico, while the heavy-duty models are produced at Flint Assembly in Michigan. With the addition of Oshawa Assembly to its truck production roster, the automaker will be able to better keep up with rising customer demand for the vehicles.
“Pickups are GM’s largest and most important market segment in Canada and across the continent,” the automaker said in a statement last year. “They also help GM fund our transition to the electric, autonomous and highly connected future we see ahead.”
Oshawa Assembly previously completed final assembly of the K2XX-platform Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups for local consumption in Canada, but hasn’t produced Silverado or Sierra from scratch previously. The facility will receive a new body shop and new flexible assembly module as part of the re-tolling process ahead of the start of production later this year.