To prepare Oshawa Assembly for full-size truck production, the team is installing more than 1,200 new robots (similar to these shown at the Flint, Michigan Assembly plant). When installed, these robots will cover 30 acres of automation at Oshawa Assembly. PHOTO: GM CanadaClick image to enlargeGM says the start of production of full-size trucks at the refurbished Oshawa Assembly facility is months ahead of schedule.

The automaker is moving start-up to the fourth quarter of this 2021 ahead of the previous target of January 2022, meaning Oshawa Assembly is on track to deliver one of the fastest plant launches in GM history.

This CAN$1.3B investment is helping to create nearly 1,700 new jobs and indirect supplier jobs just as Canada recovers from COVID-19.

GM has also named American Axle & Manufacturing as the sole-supplier of front and rear pickup axles for production at the facility.

AAM's manufacturing facilities will provide both front and rear axles for trucks built in Oshawa. This new business is in addition to AAM's current supply of front and rear axles to GM's full-size pickup assembly facilities in Indiana, Michigan and Mexico.

"This additional sourcing continues to leverage AAM's strategic partnership with GM having supported their full-size light truck program with durable, efficient and lightweight drivelines for many decades," says David C. Dauch, AAM chairman and CEO. "This is a critical part of our business and integral to our two-pronged approach to support both internal combustion and battery electric/hybrid vehicles with the industry's leading driveline technology."

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The Prima Power hP4060 hydraulic press brake

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Linda Hasenfratz up for entrepreneur award

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Learning about laser cutting and welding

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Windsor, Ont. school wins Hypertherm grant

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Call for Canadian manufacturing SMEs interested in A.I. and Industry 4.0

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GM to make PPE, face masks at Oshawa plant

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1,800+ attend first Montreal CanWeld event

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