General Motors extends production at Oshawa plant line to 2016


TORONTO, Oct 17 (Reuters) - General Motors isextending operations at one of its production lines in Oshawa,Ontario that was due to shut down next summer, the company saidon Thursday.

The Detroit automaker said the consolidated assembly linewill continue to operate until 2016 to meet market demand forthe Chevrolet Impala Limited and the Chevrolet Equinox.

The news is positive for the roughly 650 to 700 workers whowork on the line, said Ron Svajlenko, the president of localunion Unifor Local 222.

"The extension into 2016 gives our workforce some stabilityand again, we were going through a potential of layoffs andright now that's not the case, so that's very good news for us,"said Svajlenko.

"As long as we continue to build vehicles out of thatfacility, we have the opportunity to remain in the hunt for anykind of long-term additional products that General Motors may need to build."

The Oshawa assembly plant, which employs some 3,500 workersin total, runs two assembly lines. The flexible manufacturingline is currently building the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, ChevroletCamaro, Buick Regal and Cadillac XTS.

Last month, the Canadian and Ontario governments sold aquarter of their common shares in GM. The governments becameshareholders in 2009 when they contributed more than C$10billion to a bailout to keep the car maker afloat.

In return for their investment, the governments required GMto maintain its share of production in Canada for several years.

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