General Motors CAMI Plant
The GM CAMI facility, otherwise known as CAMI Assembly, is located in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. It currently produces the third-generation Chevrolet Equinox.
- Year opened: 1989
- Facility size: 2.0 million square feet (53 acres) on 582 acre property
300 Ingersoll Street,
Ingersoll, Ontario. N5C 4A6
- Staff: 2,800 total employees
- Union local: Unifor Local 88
- 3 shifts
CAMI Assembly currently produces the following vehicles:
- Chevrolet Equinox (third generation, 2018 model year and newer)
Production of the second-generation GMC Terrain is being moved from CAMI to the GM San Luis Potosi plant at GM Mexico. As such, all capacity at the CAMI plant will be dedicated to producing the third-generation Equinox.
In the past, the plant produced the following vehicles:
- First-generation Equinox (2004 – 2009)
- Second-generation Equinox (2009 – 2017)
- Third-generation Equinox (2017 – present)
- Geo Tracker (J1) (1989 – 1997)
- Geo Metro (1990 – 1994)
- Metro / Pontiac Firefly (1995 – 2001)
- Tracker (J2) (1998 – 2004)
- Terrain (2009 – 2017)
- Torrent (2005 – 2009)
- Sidekick (1989 – 1997)
- Swift (1990 – 2001)
Vitara (1998 – 2004)
- XL7 (2006 – 2008)
The CAMI plant was originally established in 1986 as CAMI Automotive Inc. — a joint venture between General Motors and Suzuki Motor Corporation. Construction of the plant began in 1987.
During the early years of production, the CAMI Assembly plant produced models for both Chevrolet and Suzuki. In 2011, the plant became a full-owned entity of General Motors ending the joint venture partnership with Suzuki Motor Corporation. The ownership transition came roughly two years after GM’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
In 2010, the plant launched production of the second generation Chevrolet Equinox. Demand for the vehicle exceeded supply. To respond to increased customer demand, CAMI Assembly collaborated with the GM Oshawa plant by launching the shuttle program wherein CAMI shipped welded bodies to Oshawa Assembly, where they were painted and processed for final assembly.
CAMI Assembly is recognized both inside and outside of the manufacturing industry as one of the most efficient assembly plants in North America. In June 2014, J.D. Power awarded CAMI Assembly with the J.D. Power Silver Plant Award for the Americas recognizing the plant for its first-time quality performance. Since starting production in 1989, the Ingersoll Ontario plant has produced over 4 million vehicles.
Milestones, Accomplishments & Awards
- Founded in 1986 as a joint venture between General Motors and Suzuki Motor Corporation
- Plant production began on April 1st, 1989
- May 2009: second-generation Chevrolet Equinox started production along with the all-new, first-generation GMC Terrain
- 2011: CAMI Automotive became a fully owned entity of General Motors, becoming known as as CAMI Assembly
- 2014: CAMI Assembly recognized by J.D. Power Associates with the J.D. Power Silver Plant Award for the Americas, recognizing the plant for its first-time quality performance
- January 2014: plant achieves landfill free status
- February 2014: best GMNA plant in Wiring Warranty Performance
- September 2015: Clean50 ‘Leaders in Sustainability’ Top 15 Project winner
- The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain are the best selling products ever produced at CAMI Assembly
- In January 2017, CAMI Assembly started production of the all-new 2018 Chevrolet EquinoxRecognized as the most efficient plant in North America four years in a row (2012,2013,2014, and 2015)
- J.D. Power Compact SUV segment winners:
- GMC Terrain (2014 and 2016)
- Chevrolet Equinox (2015 and 2016)
- Equinox and Terrain a Consumer Reports “Recommended Buy” in 2010,2011,2012,2013
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