The first 2022 Chevy Silverado HD rolled off the production line at the GM Oshawa Assembly plant this week – making it the first vehicle to be produced at the Ontario plant since it was shut down in late 2019.
GM Authority published an exclusive report earlier this week that production of the Chevy Silverado HD had begun at Oshawa Assembly, however GM has also now sent out a press release confirming as much.
“Today, GM Canada announced the first Chevrolet Silverado pickup has rolled off the line at the reopened Oshawa Assembly plant,” the automaker said in a statement. “The return of truck production to Oshawa provides a significant economic boost for Canada’s automotive sector, creating 1,800 new jobs to support two shifts of production in Oshawa, and supporting thousands of additional jobs in the supplier base in Canada.”
GM first announced production would return at Oshawa Assembly last November as part of an effort to boost its pickup production output amid increased demand. The automaker invested roughly $1.3 billion CAD in the facility to re-tool it to produce both the light-duty and heavy-duty versions of the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, which went toward a new body shop and flexible assembly module, among more.
“Pickups are GM’s largest and most important market segment across the continent, and the Oshawa plant will help GM meet strong demand for its leading family of pickup trucks,” the automaker also said this week. “Oshawa Assembly has been retooled in record time to be one of the most flexible and advanced of its kind in the industry.”
The first Oshawa-built GM trucks will begin arriving at Chevy and GMC dealers in December, the automaker said. It had initially targeted a January 2022 production start date, but pulled this date forward to December 2021 after carrying out “one of the fastest plant launches in GM history,” said GM Canada president Scott Bell.
Oshawa Assembly is now one of four GM plants producing full-size trucks – the others being Fort Wayne Assembly in Indiana, Flint Assembly in Michigan and Silao Assembly in Mexico. However, the Oshawa site is the only plant that produces both light- and heavy-duty trucks side-by-side. The Fort Wayne and Silao plants both build light-duty trucks only, while the Flint plant was previously GM’s only plant producing its heavy-duty trucks.