General Motors Co. plans to perform final assembly of full sized pick trucks in Oshawa, Ont., a big boost to the Oshawa production plant that will lead to production of approximately 60,000 vehicles, according to a report in The Globe and Mail.
“We have implemented what we call the Oshawa Shuttle,” chief executive officer Mary Barra told an investor conference last week.
The plan is build the frames for the pickups in the body shop at the Fort Wayne, Ind., truck assembly plant, then ship them to Oshawa for painting and final assembly.
That “gives us the opportunity to create about – or to build about 60,000 more trucks next year,” stated Barra.
According to The Globe and Mail report, it’s the first time she has publicly outlined the plan, which was part of a labour contract the auto maker signed last year with Unifor, the union that represents hourly paid workers at GM’s two assembly plants in Ontario and an engine and transmission making facility in St. Catharines, Ont.
The auto maker made a similar move several years ago to boost production of its Chevrolet Equinox crossover, shipping unfinished vehicle structures – known in the industry as body-in-white – to Oshawa for final assembly at the consolidated plant, one of two GM assembly plants in the city.
Assembly is expected to begin in January, industry sources told The Globe and Mail.