The GM Oshawa Assembly plant in Ontario underwent one of the fastest retooling procedures in General Motors history last year to prepare it to produce the 2022 Chevy Silverado HD and refreshed Chevy Silverado 1500.
When GM first began renovation work at Oshawa Assembly in November of 2020, the automaker said it would begin producing trucks at the Canadian facility by January 2022. It later pulled the opening date forward to fourth quarter of this year, putting it “on track to deliver one of the fastest plant launches in GM history,” the automaker said in a press release published last spring.
Speaking to Automotive News last month, GM Canada president Scott Bell reiterated this, saying the GM Oshawa Assembly turnaround was one of the company’s quickest – even despite the hurdles posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. GM’s retooling team is mostly based in the United States and could not enter Canada due to COVID-19 restrictions last year, so the automaker was forced to abandon some of its usual retooling practices to ensure the project remained on schedule.