GM adds 700-worker shift in Ontario to build Camaro convertible, Regal

GM adds 700-worker shift in Ontario to build Camaro convertible, Regal
Laurén Abdel-Razzaq
Automotive News | November 29, 2010 – 12:01 pm EST

General Motors Co.’s Oshawa Flex plant in Ontario today started a second shift, adding 700 workers, to handle the coming launch of the Chevrolet Camaro convertible and the new Buick Regal.

This second shift comes a few weeks after the addition of a third shift on the nearby assembly line for the Chevrolet Equinox crossover.

Together, the new shifts have secured 1,300 jobs for Oshawa, prompting the recall of all laid-off production workers and initiating 300 new hires. Production on the Camaro convertible is scheduled to begin in January, with Regal assembly being transferred from Ruesselsheim, Germany, in early spring. The Regal has been shipped from Germany for sale in the U.S. since May of this year. The Ruesselsheim plant will continue to produce the Regal for Europe once U.S. shipments end in the second quarter of 2011.

The coupe version of the Camaro is also built at Oshawa.

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