The CAMI plant has been closed since February 8th, when GM said it would be idling the facility due to a shortage of semiconductor chips. The automaker then announced in late April that the facility would remain closed until at least the end of June due to the chip shortage, but it has now said the facility will come back online the week of June 14th. It will remain operational until July 2nd, at which point it will once again go dark for the usual two-week planned summer shutdown.
A return to work memo posted to Unifor Local 88’s website indicates both the morning and afternoon shifts will return to work on June 14th. Meanwhile, all three shifts for trades and maintenance workers will return to work the week prior on June 7th.
The CAMI Assembly plant currently produces the Chevy Equinox crossover only. The plant will eventually switch producing the BrightDrop EV600 delivery van, which will enter production later this year. The van will at first be built in an unused body shop area of the plant while the actual assembly line for the electric commercial vehicle is completed in a separate section of the facility. The first 500 examples of the BrightDrop EV600 will be delivered to FedEx in early 2022.
In addition to CAMI Assembly, the Chevy Equinox is also built at the GM San Luis Potosí and GM Ramos Arizpe plants in Mexico. The examples built in Ingersoll are shipped to dealers locally throughout Canada and exported to certain areas of the United States.
GM has said that it is prioritizing its most profitable vehicles amid the ongoing chip shortage, like its full-size trucks and SUVs. While the Equinox is one of GM’s most popular models, it’s not nearly as profitable as larger, more expensive offerings like the Chevy Silverado or Tahoe.