Even with its closure slated for 2009, GM’s Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant will begin production of the 2009 GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado hybrid pickup trucks later this year.
This revelation is good news for thousands of Canadian Auto Workers union members – at least for now.; While this signals they’ll be employed through the end of the year, GM holds firm that the assembly of the hybrid pickups won’t change the automaker’s plans to close the plant in 2009.
That decision came June 3, when GM revealed plans to shift its product emphasis from large trucks to smaller, fuel-efficient vehicles.; A number of plants responsible for building its full-size pickups and SUVs are slated for closure over the next few years.; SUV production at Janesville, Wisconsin, may stop by 2010 – if not sooner.
Although the cuts aren’t limited to one product or factory, the closure in Oshawa would affect 2600 jobs, prompting a CAW blockade of GM’s Canadian headquarters from June 4th to 15th.; While GM plans for a number of new product launches in the next few years, none have been assigned to Oshawa, leaving the future of the plant and its employees in doubt.