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Obama’s GM To Add Workers – In Canada

From a context-free Associated Press:

An auto worker installs glass in doors and window openings lined up on the Trim line production of the General Motors’ Chevrolet Equinox at the CAMI Automotive facility in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada.

GM to add workers, boost output at Canadian plants

By TOM KRISHER (AP)

March 26, 2010

DETROIT — General Motors Co. will bring back 600 laid-off auto workers and add equipment at two Canadian factories in an effort make more midsize crossover vehicles that have been selling well in both the U.S. and Canada.

The company announced Friday that it will add equipment and reconfigure the body-making shop at its factory in Ingersoll, Ontario, where it makes the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers.

It also will put hundreds of workers back on the clock at a factory in Oshawa, Ontario, and add equipment to the plant so it can make Equinoxes in addition to its current product, the Chevrolet Impala full-size sedan.

GM has been struggling to meet demand for the two crossovers, which are like small sport utility vehicles but built on car underpinnings. When equipped with a four-cylinder engine, the vehicles can get up to 32 mpg on the highway.

So far this year, GM has sold 17,574 Equinoxes and 8,091 Terrains. Equinox sales are up 98 percent from last year, while the Terrain is a newer vehicle and few had been built at this time last year.

Dealers have complained that they can’t get enough of the vehicles because they sell as soon as they come off the truck

Full-sized sedans? SUVs? Apparently, it’s okay as long as they aren’t made in the USA.

By the way, notice that people still want cars that damage our fragile Gaia.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, March 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Obama’s GM To Add Workers – In Canada”

  1. BillK says:

    Dear Leader’s Government Motors is adding jobs… in Canada.

    From a “there’s no irony here” Associated Press:

    GM to add workers, boost output at Canadian plants

    By Tom Krisher

    General Motors Co. will bring back 600 laid-off auto workers and add equipment at two Canadian factories in an effort (sic) make more midsize crossover vehicles that have been selling well in both the U.S. and Canada.

    The company announced Friday that it will add equipment and reconfigure the body-making shop at its factory in Ingersoll, Ontario, where it makes the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers.

    It also will put hundreds of workers back on the clock at a factory in Oshawa, Ontario, and add equipment to the plant so it can make Equinoxes in addition to its current product, the Chevrolet Impala full-size sedan.

    GM has been struggling to meet demand for the two crossovers, which are like small sport utility vehicles but built on car underpinnings. When equipped with a four-cylinder engine, the vehicles can get up to 32 mpg on the highway.

    So far this year, GM has sold 17,574 Equinoxes and 8,091 Terrains. Equinox sales are up 98 percent from last year, while the Terrain is a newer vehicle and few had been built at this time last year.

    Dealers have complained that they can’t get enough of the vehicles because they sell as soon as they come off the truck.

    Under the plan, which is scheduled to begin in October, the expanded body shop at the Ingersoll plant will crank out more Equinox bodies than the factory can use, even though it is now working around the clock.

    The bodies, which are the shell of the vehicle and include the frame, will then be trucked 130 miles east to Ingersoll, near Toronto, where three shifts of workers will paint and assemble the crossovers on the same assembly line that now makes the Impala, said GM of Canada spokeswoman Jennifer Wright.

    In addition to recalling the laid-off workers, GM will hire 70 new people for the Ingersoll plant, Wright said. …

    http://host.madison.com/business/article_4ce24b40-f55c-5ba7-8e61-4d2ba41e57f9.html

    Note also what the plant makes: SUVs and full-size sedans, not hybrids or econo-boxes.

    Nice job, Barry!

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Yet another reason to NOT buy GM. Yet there are so many already.

    • jobeth says:

      I’m with you Rusty. I would refuse a GM product if I won it in a contest.

      I sort of feel for the workers. I know they are Americans and need the job…but they have to share some of the responsibility for what they are going though.

      They cheered the UAW along when they were squeezing the goose that laid the golden egg until said goose all but died. Its on life support now…courtesy of Obama and the American tax payers.

      Oh? what’s that you say? The company just laid you off?
      perhaps you can take all those bennies and high wages they were so happy to take, while the company was being made to cough up their very essence and live off those for a while.

      Umm bet those lower hourly rates and fewer bennies look a tad better to you now.

      Now go hug a union thug…and don’t forget to say thank you after you turn around and stand up.

    • bousquem says:

      When I went shopping for a new car with my dad as he wanted to come along as a father-son experience, buying my first new car, he asked me what brands I wanted to look at. I told him, no chrysler or GM product. I want nothing to do with funding a goverment run company. I ended up with a VW, though looking at the parts list, a lot of the parts came from US manufacturers or assembly plants.

  3. proreason says:

    Just a reminder.

    Obamy hates America.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    Sadly it’s probably easier for Government Motors to operate in Canada than Michigan. Even worse is that Bam Bam and the bureaucrats realize it too.

    http://www.heritage.org/index/ranking.aspx

  5. U NO HOO says:

    We had two cars made in Canada, fine cars.

    We have a Fusion made in Mexico, a year old now, so far so good.

    Just saying.

    • JohnMG says:

      They’re just doing jobs the UAW won’t let Americans do.

      When do you supose it will dawn on our socialist leaders that the reason so many jobs are being outsourced is due to over-regulation, extortion, and coersion pressed on our domestic manufacturers?

      What’s that? It has? Ohhhh, now I get it. (sarc/)

    • proreason says:

      “When do you supose it will dawn on our socialist leaders that the reason so many jobs are being outsourced ”

      You think the moron is satisfied to run this country, john?

      seriously

    • GetBackJack says:

      Hell … Hollywood, that center of all things Union …. regularly goes to Canada to film because it’s a dollar trade-off and no union troubles.

      It’s all well and good to hammer on us for money, until their own dollars are at risk, and then off to Canada or Mexico to save a dime or two.

      And Pro?

      That which inhabits Obama is exactly what you think inhabits Obama. I agree. I would not be at all surprised if one day in a press conference he unscrews his head and eats a live canary on camera.

  6. AcornsRNutz says:

    IIRC, Canadia is also where they make prius batteries, since the environmental destruction it causes is far beyond the scope of what the EPA would allow to happen here in America. Evidently there is some rather nasty stuff in those things, but who knew?


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