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Old 11-30-2010, 09:54 AM   #1
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Oshawa GM plant adds 700 workers for 2011 Camaro Convertible production

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/sto...oshawa-gm.html

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The Canadian Press - GM Canada has added 700 employees to support a second shift on its flex line at the Oshawa, Ont., assembly plant. The automaker says the additional workers are needed in preparation for the 2011 launch of the Chevrolet Camaro convertible and the all-new Buick Regal.

These models will be built alongside the Chevrolet Camaro coupe.

GM says the Camaro convertible is slated to begin production in January while the Buick Regal will ramp up production in early spring.
The new shift on the flex line comes just weeks after the addition of a third shift on a different line to support increased production for the Chevrolet Equinox.

GM says the two new shifts have secured more than 1,300 jobs for Oshawa, recalling all production workers along with the hiring of more than 300 new employees.

'Positive sign'

In a statement issued early Tuesday, Industry Minister Tony Clement hailed GM's announcement as a "positive sign for Canada's auto industry." "A healthy automotive industry is a critical part of the Canadian economy. It provides opportunities to our skilled workforce and significant economic benefits to Canada," said Clement.

General Motors had collapsed into bankruptcy only to be saved by Canadian and U.S. taxpayers, returned to life as a public company earlier this month.

During a restructuring, the company received billions of dollars from the U.S., Canadian and Ontario governments.
The automaker recently issued North America's largest initial public stock offering worth $23 billion US.
Clement said the hirings at the Oshawa plant are further evidence that assisting the automaker was "the right decision to make. "
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