GM Adds Third Chevy Silverado Production Shift At Oshawa Plant42
GM has added a third Chevy Silverado production shift at its Oshawa Assembly plant in southern Ontario as the automaker looks to meet increasingly high demand for its full-size pickup truck models.
GM Canada confirmed it had added a third shift rotation at Oshawa in an Instagram post shared Tuesday. The automaker was expected to add a third shift to the plant sometime this year, however it was previously unclear when the additional shift would come online.
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The Oshawa Assembly plant in Canada is GM’s only truck plant capable of producing the heavy-duty Silverado HD and light-duty Silverado 1500 on the same production line. The automaker also produces the Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 at its Fort Wayne Assembly plant in Indiana and Silao Assembly plant in Mexico, while production of the Silverado HD and Sierra HD takes place at the Flint Assembly in Michigan. Oshawa does not produce the GMC Sierra nameplate at this time.
GM invested $1.3 billion into the Oshawa site to prepare it to produce both the Chevy Silverado HD and Chevy Silverado 1500. Renovation work began in late 2020 and was complete before the end of 2021 – marking one of the fastest plant turnarounds in the automaker’s history. Before pickup production began there, GM produced the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS sedans. The plant was temporarily shuttered at the end of 2019 after GM decided to discontinue these two model lines.
The GM Oshawa plant is the only GM plant with a workforce consisting of roughly 50 percent men and women. Roughly 1,800 people work at Oshawa Assembly, with the plant’s reopneing creating a total of 2,600 jobs in the Canadian auto sector when accounting for outside suppliers and other related positions.
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When there are not enough microchips to go around, and there are 1000’s of built but yet undeliverable Silverados sitting in lots awaiting chips, how does GM add another production shift for Silverados?
Why does it take 90 days to get a built unit to the dealership??? It’s the chips! It’s the rail system! It’s the carrier’s! Blah, Blah, Blah! Just do it! Find a way to ship what’s already built in a timely manner. PRIORITIZE SOLD UNITS, that would be a really amazing concept!!! Your loyal customers don’t even understand your business model anymore. Instead of adding another shift, you might want to get chips to the folks that took delivery of incomplete vehicles first.
GM needs new leadership that can solve problems!
Crazy idiots , as if Chevy wants to delay anything?? Tell me what’s the benefit?? Nothing!! …oh yea let me piss off my loyal customers.. not!
How can they build more trucks if they can’t get the built ones delivered?
Better question. Why are they building more trucks when they owe a lot of people chips for vehicles they took delivery of over the last 7 plus months. Chips for heated seats, heated steering wheels, rear park assist, etc. They should have stayed with two shifts until those vehicles are caught up.
There’s less than 30 days left in the 2022 production year, why the rush now to get 2022 models out, when you know, you’ve had almost a year to do this?
2023 HD production starts this week in Flint Mi.
It’s about time, there are no Silvers on the lots in Indiana. The big Chevy dealer near me is selling campers and RV’s. Does Mary have the chips?
Finally received my 2022 Silverado 2500 HD truck after 8 months . Sat in Canada for 7 months. That’s another story….
My thoughts are – If they don’t have things figured out by now and with the Feds raising interest rates , may not need the extra shift as demand slows.
Do you know the reason it was sitting in Canada? I have a truck I ordered April 8th that is sitting there right now supposedly.
They never shared why it was sitting. All I heard was “Built ready to ship “. My guess is they ” build shy” missing parts and don’t even tell the dealer why either. Then there is the FIASCO of where to store it ,come back to finish the missing parts , and the shipping backlog. Its a mess for sure. I read other car manufacturers are also doing the same thing.
I was on the 401 highway about 3 weeks ago, going across Oshawa… For what it worth, from the highway we can see a very large amount of trucks sitting on GM’s terrain. Don t know if they are missing parts or if shipping them is so much a problem but yeah, they are indeed having some important challenges.
Count tourself lucky, as a Canadian, I we been waiting for over a year now to get my 1500 and it is still only just an order number in their systems…
supposedly there are not enough rail cars, or employees that move the cars around, to ship them. I read that somewhere, nobody in the Chevy world (corporate, dealership, manufacturing) can or will tell you anything though.
Still waiting for chips and wheel well covers for my 2022 Silverado LTZ . When will the dealership get them so i can get what i payed for???
Joe galos be happy u got ur truck there’s a lot of people still waiting on their truck.
I live near oshawa and as I drive by there huge lots of brand new vehicle just sitting there as far as the eye. can see and they have been sitting there since April waiting for missing parts and there adding a 3rd shift how about trying to get the finished ones delivered first (which are startIng to show signs of minor rust) on the under carriage as you can see when u drive by and deliver them to the empty dealer lots .Gm lets go u need to do better .
On a different note, these new electric trucks and cars make me wonder about front crash safety? Wide open front trunks have to be a safety concern ? Or is it just me?
sounds safer to me…no V8 to wind up in your lap
Logistics on a scale of 1 of 10 is -5. It is absolutely horrible. Most CEO’s would solve this problem come hell or high water. Evidently, some totally ignore the situation. A great CEO would have all hands on deck instead of all hands in their pockets.
GM IS RUN BY A BUNCH OF RUBES.I MYSELF WOULD RIDE A HORSE FIRST.YOU WOULD GET THERE FASTER.
Why do these truck bodies still rust out around the rear wheels and so embarrassing we can’t use better galvanized high strength steel in the bodies why would you pay so much for a pickup truck only to have it turned to a rust bucket?
When you’ve outsold Ford and Ram in consecutive quarters since Jan 2020, adding a 3rd shift is what it’s all about !
It would be better to figure out logistics first. People get tired of hearing it’s built, we just don’t know when it’s going to arrive. If you struggle getting 2 shifts of production to the dealer. 3 won’t be any better.
On 7/2 I put a deposit down for Silverado 1500 that is supposedly built and waiting for a train in Oshawa. I was also giving the VIN at that time too. Nothing has changed in 5 weeks. This is very frustrating & disappointing.
Robert your truck is probably built and sitting In a huge compound With the rest of the pick ups near the gm oshawa plant which is insane built and ready to be delivered only 1 minor problem these vehicles are exposed to all the elements Mother Nature has to offer and all your local rodents that like finding new homes are probably making them self comfortable in and around the vehicles I physical saw it with my own eyes and as a resident of the Durham region always driving and passing that compound weekly I don’t understand what the hold up is I have a personal buddy who is a supervisor at the plant and he admits it’s a huge problem for delivery options to dealership and when they are delivered to the local train yard in Markham some GM dealers are personally going to pick them up themselves to avoid the long wait . But I guess it’s kind of hard to do if u live further away and in the U S . So if I was that customer who was waiting a long time for the vehicle I would be disappointed and frustrated at the same time the constraints on parts and longistics doesn’t seem to get better according to my local gm dealers I have spoked to . But they do say by next year things are going to get better but doesn’t help the customer who bought a vehicle a year ago !!!
My husband ordered a 2500 in December. It was built in April. Received an e-mail in “June” from dealer stated we had 4 hours to make a decision on tires as the rims we ordered wouldn’t be available until Late July. LOL….Here we are on August 10th and it is still pending dispatch. We were told the truck is complete and not waiting for any parts. My husband worries about damage too from it sitting on the lot. There was a hail storm in May. How do you trust you are not getting a repainted lemon with a family of mice?
the best part is they all advertise these as ‘in transit’. What a scam. ‘In transit” does not mean sitting in a lot with no plan or timeline on when it will move to its destination.
Robert join the crowd. My truck was built June 1st still don’t have an ETA
Why can’t someone at GM tell me why I am seeing 2500HDs built at the Oshawa plant with VIN numbers larger than my preordered 2500HD are showing up on dealer lots for sale (not presold) before my truck that was ordered in March and built complete in May with status of ready to ship. Many 2500HDs are being built and delivered from the Flint plant in a reasonable time, including some 2023 2500HDs, so I don’t see how delays out of Oshawa can be parts related. This is a huge frustration because I sold my old truck when the salesman said it would be 4-6 week for delivery after it is built. It is starting to look like it may be 4-6 months, if I am lucky. That is crazy!
Hi Gary I think u are going to be in a for wait gm still trying to play catch up and your sales person should of not told u 4-6 week delivery I had friends waiting almost a year for there trucks and just getting them now gm still have many part constraints in there line up I was interested into ordering a 2023 gmc terrain Denali sales person said it might be 6-8 month wait and he is not sure because of part constraints and 2023 terrain start built day was August 22 well at least the sales person was being honest and not lying about something he has no control of !!
Gary, I went through the same headache you are experiencing.
I was told the same about order time and sold my truck to the dealer . I waited 8 months before I got my truck from Canada. I didn’t have a choice on which plant to build mine either. Most of the trucks I see on line where I live in USA are coming from Flint plant not Canada. Hang in there , I hope you get your truck soon.
UPDATE TO LAST POST: Just received word from my salesman that my HD is loaded on a truck and moving. It is still in Canada but hopefully it arrives at the dealership next week.
Glad you are finally getting your truck!
Congrats! I was just told by my dealer that it will be faster to order a 2023 than to keep waiting for my 2022 that’s been “in transit” for 3 months. (Waiting on chips). 🤷🏻♂️