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Old 05-15-2008, 11:33 PM   #1

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GM Building New GEN-5 V-8 in St. Catharines

General Motors of Canada has reaffirmed its commitment to bringing a new transmission line to St. Catharines as part of a tentative contract agreement struck early Thursday morning with the Canadian Auto Workers.

The company is expected to finalize its $300-million to $400-million plan to start making six-speed, rear-wheel drive transmissions at its Glendale Avenue plant by this fall, union president Buzz Hargrove said during a news conference Thursday.

Hargrove said it’s uncertain what, if any, new jobs the new line will bring to St. Catharines. In May 2007, GM announced it was poised to bring the transmission line to the city.

“There’s been a delay in the launch of it because of the uncertainty facing the industry and consumer preference changes that are there,” Hargrove said.

“They have assured us during the life of this agreement they’re going to launch the six-speed transmission in St. Catharines.”

As part of the tentative three-year contract agreement, GM has also committed to building new fuel-efficient Gen-5, V-8 engines in St. Catharines, Hargrove said.

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