Official: GM to Close Ontario Plant, Costing 2500 Jobs

Official: GM to Close Ontario Plant, Costing 2500 Jobs

General Motors Expected to Shut Down Operations in Oshawa, Ontario

General Motors Co. plans to close its manufacturing operations in the Canadian city of Oshawa, according to people familiar with the plans, the latest in a series of cost-cutting moves under way at the Detroit car maker.

The move will affect roughly 2,800 workers in Oshawa, just east of Toronto, where GM now builds pickup trucks and large sedans, and comes as the Canadian auto sector is struggling to preserve jobs and attract new investment.

Making a place more “business-friendly” is a polite way of saying that more money should be flowing up from the peons into the already rich’s pockets. Like that cluster***k where Amazon got municipalities and state governments to buy them new distribution centers. Socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor. Macron in France has raised diesel prices 42% this year, sparking a riot or three because as Baruth used to ruminate, the poor need to get to work too.

A century of automobile manufacturing is set to come to an end following reports General Motors is shutting down its Oshawa assembly plant.

Oshawa currently builds the Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala and performs final assembly of the old-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. The list of vehicles once built there is long, with the most notable being the Chevrolet Camaro, assembled north of the border until 2015. The Buick Regal and Chevrolet Equinox were built there as recently as 2017.

Sources tell 680 NEWS that GM is set to announce it will be phasing out operations over the course of the next year at the plant, which dates back to 1918.

“We have no news or comment tonight and wont be commenting to others on speculation,” read a brief statement released by David Paterson, the Vice President for Corporate & Environmental Affairs for GM Canada.

John Henry, the mayor of Oshawa, says he’s “shocked” and he hopes reports of the pending closure are “just a rumour.”

The closure is expected to be part of a larger, global restructuring by GM. Reports on social media suggest that restructuring tied to the development of zero emission and autonomous vehicles will affect plants in other countries, and that Oshawa will remain open until the end of 2019.

“I’m concerned, I haven’t heard from General Motors yet and I’m waiting to hear what the story or announcement is tomorrow,” Henry tells 680 NEWS. “I’m curious to know the reasons, I’m curious to know why we weren’t informed or who has been informed. They’ll be a lot of questions. Is this part of something that’s happening across Canada? There’s a lot of pieces to this story.”

They still build Teslas in California so there’s that, in an old GM plant which is somewhat ironic. In any case, the GDP of California is significantly larger than the GDP of Canada ($2.75T vs $1.65T) with similar populations (within 10%) so your idea might not be all bad.

Jennifer French, MPP for Oshawa, says she finds the report of the plant closure “gravely concerning.”

“If GM Canada is indeed turning its back on 100 years of industry and community – abandoning workers and families in Oshawa – then this is a callous decision that must be fought,” she said in a statement.

Dr. Colin Carrie, the Member of Parliament for Oshawa, called the reports “very concerning.”

Its very different now than when I was growing up, when everyone you knew was working in the plant, he said. Weve diversified and we have a lot of other things going on, he added. But the car industry is still a big part of our community.

The closure of the Oshawa Assembly Plant is part of a shift in the company’s global production and has nothing to do with the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, a source familiar with the situation told The Canadian Press Sunday.

In a statement, Unifor says it was informed on Sunday that GM would be making a major announcement that will impact its global operations, including the Oshawa assembly plant.

“While the union does not have complete details of the overall announcement we have been informed that, as of now, there is no product allocated to the Oshawa Assembly Plant past December 2019,” read the statement. “Based on commitments made during 2016 contract negotiations, Unifor does not accept this announcement and is immediately calling on GM to live up to the spirit of that agreement.”

During President Trump, jobs will be brought back to the US, and it doesn’t matter what rationale is used to describe closing operations outside of the US. Any reason given will do since operations will still be closing, one way or another.

According to the company’s website, the Oshawa Assembly Plant employs 2,522 workers with Unifor Local 222.

We have a prime Minister of Canada, and a Premier of the province of Ontario (where Oshawa is located). To which one are you referring? Different political parties. The difference between a state governor and the prez in the US.

The Oshawa announcement also raises questions about the future of GM operations in Ingersoll, which currently produces the third-generation Chevrolet Equinox, and the St. Catharines engine operations, which produces engines and transmissions that are shipped to 10 different GM assembly plants across North America.

Americans should enjoy these good times with Trump before the ‘crats will get back into office and totally fvck away America’s booming economy, like they did under the last ‘crat in the White House.

In 2009, GM shut down truck assembly at the plant, citing high gas prices and a deep recession caused by the financial crisis. At that time, GM agreed to keep 16 per cent of its continental production in Canada through 2016 as part of a multi-billion dollar bailout by both the Ontario and Federal governments.

My entire family has worked at General Motors, Henry told CTV. My dad was a foreman in the plant. I have two brothers in the plant. My sister worked there in university. I worked there as a contractor.

In 2015, assembly of the Chevrolet Camaro in Oshawa ended and in 2016, assembly of both the Chevrolet Impala and Equinox came to an end.

..I heard this news about 5:30 PM today..I spent 36+ years punching the clock at GM Oshawa . The writing has been” on the wall” for years . Most of us knew, “it was just a matter of time ”

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