GM will add a third shift to meet consumer demand for the Equinox crossover

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

General Motors Co.'s plant in Oshawa, Ontario, in order to meet the demand for the Chevrolet Equinox crossover. Currently, the Equinox and the GMC Terrain are being assembled in Ingersoll, Ontario, at the CAMI plant.

Previously, GM said that it will expand CAMI's body shop, but now, GM released a statement, saying that it will deliver those body assemblies to Oshawa for painting and final assembly.

The third shift will start this October. About 600 workers will be returning to the plant. With this expanded CAMI body shop, all laid off workers will be asked to return. 

What makes this news even better is that GM will have to add 70 new workers by August. GM said that transferring a portion of the Equinox assembly to Oshawa, which is about 130 miles from Ingersoll, will enable CAMI to make more Terrains.

Dealers have complained for months that there aren't enough small crossovers to meet the demand. Most dealers share that their customers have to wait weeks before their Terrains and Equinoxes arrive.

The Ingersoll plant has three shifts and work continues for three Saturdays a month. The Automotive News Data Center said that at the start of March, there was a 33-day supply for the Equinox while the Terrain had a 29-day supply. It's certainly far from the 60-day supply that's pegged as normal.

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