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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$800,000 in Fed funding for Memex Automation

Memex Automation, a Canadian supplier of manufacturing M2M productivity software, has received $800,000 funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. The repayable loan will allow for accelerated development of the company's flagship product, MERLIN, and create 16 new jobs at the Burlington, ON, company.

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Economic news brightens for Canada

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December output strongest in fabricated metal products

Canadian manufacturing rose 0.5% in December, marking the third consecutive monthly increase for the sector, according to Statistics Canada.

New additive machinery supplier is born

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Canada could get break on metals tariffs, White House says

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CN to invest $2.5 B in 966 km of new rails, maintenance

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Canada’s largest trade route to US now completely blocked

The blockade at Windsor’s Ambassador Bridge, the largest trade route between Canada and the U.S., is getting worse as it enters its fourth day.

Advancing science with waterjet cutting

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NS steel and aluminum shops receive nearly $2.5 M to modernize

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Montreal's TechFab joins Komet network

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Business leaders across Canada demand end to border blockades

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