DETROIT -- General Motors Co. today made good on a promise made in March to add a third shift at its Oshawa Assembly Plant in Ontario to bolster production of its hot-selling Chevrolet Equinox crossover.
The shift will add 600 workers to the plant beginning tonight, GM announced.
GM is using Oshawa to help its main Equinox plant, CAMI, keep up with consumer demand for the Equinox and its sister vehicle, the GMC Terrain.
In September, CAMI began using trucks to shuttle CAMI-built Equinox bodies to Oshawa, where they are painted and assembled.
Oshawa runs two assembly lines, producing Chevrolet Impala sedans and Equinox on one line and Chevrolet Camaro sports cars on the other.
Later this fall, GM will add another shift of 700 to the Camaro line to add a Camaro Convertible and Buick Regal to the mix. Production of those vehicles begins early next year, said GM spokesman Jason Easton.
At that time, all 1,100 workers laid off at Oshawa in recent months will have been recalled and about 200 new hires brought abroad, said Easton said. Hourly workers are represented by the Canadian Auto Workers union.