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GM invests $117 million in Oshawa plant

Published by Steve Coleman on August 04, 2011

Last year's concept car is becoming next year's reality for autoworkers at General Motors Oshawa, Ont. plant.

GM announced Aug. 4 that it plans to invest $117 million into the southern Ontario plant to add the Cadillac XTS to the six vehicle models already rolling off the assembly line.

The new money is expected to create or retain 400 jobs on the plant's Flex Line.

"This investment further extends the capabilities of the award-winning Oshawa Assembly Plant and pays compliment to the achievements of its dedicated workforce, one that consistently strives for excellence," Kevin Williams, president and managing director of General Motors of Canada, said in a statement. "Adding the Cadillac XTS affirms GM's commitment to a strong manufacturing base in Canada, ensuring Oshawa will have a critical role in the ongoing transformation of Cadillac.

General Motors consolidation of its operations at the Oshawa Assembly Plant in the last year has added the Chevrolet Equinox, the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible and the Buick Regal to the list of vehicles the factory produces.

These expansions added two new shifts and 1,300 employees. The Oshawa Assembly Plant also builds the Chevrolet Camaro and Chevrolet Impala and employs over 4,500 people, combined.

"Having added three new products, two new shifts, and hundreds of new employees this past year, Oshawa has undergone tremendous changes," Dan Hermer, plant manager at the Oshawa Assembly Plant, added in the same news release. "Our employees have successfully turned each one of these challenges into successes, and this investment demonstrates GM's continued vote of confidence in our facility, employees and our ability to execute outstanding product launches."

The latest addition to the GM line up was first shown as the Cadillac XTS Platinum concept car last year. GM plans to unveil the final production model Cadillac XTS in the next few months. Production is planned to start in the first half of 2012.

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