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    GM Oshawa plant to end vehicle production today

    Very sad day for GM in Canada. Plant used to employ 23,000!

    OSHAWA ON - General Motors is winding down production at its Oshawa assembly plant as an era of vehicle production comes to a close for the Ontario city. Some of the roughly 2,600 direct employees at the plant are expected to produce the final vehicles today, though the company cautions that the exact timeline could still shift.

    GM announced in November of last year that it would effectively shut down the plant along with four others in the U.S. as part of a wider restructuring.

    https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/gm-oshaw...oday-1.1364278
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    Re: GM Oshawa plant to end vehicle production today

    A "Sad Day"

    Once, one of GM's Highest Initial Quality Plant.

    300 jobs "May" remain as a Stamping Plant. You could go for a Week and never see another Employee.

    Ceremonial, so GM doesn't have to deal with the Clean Up. It will be interesting to see "When" GM asks the Canadian Gov. for More Tax Benefits, what the response will be.

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    Thus XTS and last gen truck production should end today. Impala still produced in D-ham til end of Feb.
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    Re: GM Oshawa plant to end vehicle production today

    Quote Originally Posted by InCogKneeToe View Post
    A "Sad Day"

    Once, one of GM's Highest Initial Quality Plant.

    300 jobs "May" remain as a Stamping Plant. You could go for a Week and never see another Employee. Ceremonial, so GM doesn't have to deal with the Clean Up. It will be interesting to see "When" GM asks the Canadian Gov. for More Tax Benefits, what the response will be.

    I was talking to a guy at the gym the other day who recently traded in a Malibu in for a Toyoyta Highlander. He said he used to be a "GM guy" having worked for a part supplier of GM but pointed out the company has been divesting from Canada for years now while Honda and Toyota invest in Canada. He is not wrong though GM did invest in a technology center (something few know about).

    The optics of GM's main Canadian plant at head office closing is terrible. I don't think Mary understands the scope of that - impact is likely more lost market share in a country where GM is bleeding share.

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    Re: GM Oshawa plant to end vehicle production today

    Quote Originally Posted by kool1 View Post
    I was talking to a guy at the gym the other day who recently traded in a Malibu in for a Toyoyta Highlander. He said he used to be a "GM guy" having worked for a part supplier of GM but pointed out the company has been divesting from Canada for years now while Honda and Toyota invest in Canada. He is not wrong though GM did invest in a technology center (something few know about).

    The optics of GM's main Canadian plant at head office closing is terrible. I don't think Mary understands the scope of that - impact is likely more lost market share in a country where GM is bleeding share.
    I was in line @ Timmies a few years back. Behind a Federal Gov. Nissan Altima, and thought "Way to support Canadian Manufactures". Not a Nissan Plant in Canada. But getting to be very few Automotive Plants of any kind.

    Canadians tend to be more loyal, and a Whole lot Less Forgetful.

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    Re: GM Oshawa plant to end vehicle production today

    Quote Originally Posted by InCogKneeToe View Post
    I was in line @ Timmies a few years back. Behind a Federal Gov. Nissan Altima, and thought "Way to support Canadian Manufactures". Not a Nissan Plant in Canada. But getting to be very few Automotive Plants of any kind. Canadians tend to be more loyal, and a Whole lot Less Forgetful.
    Then again Hyundai abandoned their Canadian plant / workers and no one remembers anymore.

    Of course GM Canada's head office building sits next to the Oshawa plan so it's not likely to be forgotten. Its also been there since the early 1900's.

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    Re: GM Oshawa plant to end vehicle production today

    My 2002 Monte Carlo was built there, which was the best-built car I've ever owned. Perfect paint, perfect assembly inside and out. And I'd say that the second best quality was also on a Oshawa-built car, my 2010 Camaro.

    I haven't had major issues with build quality with any of my cars. But there were minor imperfections here and there in paint, part fit, etc. These two Oshawa cars were just outstanding.
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    I have an Oshawa built 2013 Regal which has been totally flawless. I haven't been back to my dealer since I bought it except for the free oil changes. Consumer Reports gave this generation one of its highest reliability ratings. Contrast that with the current generation German built Regals which have a CR reliability of zilch. I also understand that before the Regal was built in Canada, the early 2011's came from Germany while Oshawa was tooling up and were problematic. Really a shame.
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    With the consistent high quality manufacturing of the Oshawa plant (I bought four new Impala LTZ models built there), I have wondered why GM chose to build the new Blazer in Mexico?

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    This makes me incredibly sad. Especially for the communities that almost get destroyed because of it. I don't care who the manufacturer is. The short sightedness of the massive corporation doesn't see, and doesn't care.

    Yes, I know. Capitalism. One could still wish that it would sometimes have a heart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extreme4x4 View Post
    This makes me incredibly sad. Especially for the communities that almost get destroyed because of it. I don't care who the manufacturer is. The short sightedness of the massive corporation doesn't see, and doesn't care.

    Yes, I know. Capitalism. One could still wish that it would sometimes have a heart.
    I'm not sure how GM books charges/credits with regard to exchange rates, but 7 years ago the USD and CAD were at par; today the USD is 1.31 CAD (about a 25% decline).

    7 years ago one of our customers in Canada paid 100 CAD for a 100 USD part, today they have to pay 131 CAD for that same 100 USD part.

    How long before CAMI gets the boot; next contract?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    I'm not sure how GM books charges/credits with regard to exchange rates, but 7 years ago the USD and CAD were at par; today the USD is 1.31 CAD (about a 25% decline).

    7 years ago one of our customers in Canada paid 100 CAD for a 100 USD part, today they have to pay 131 CAD for that same 100 USD part.

    How long before CAMI gets the boot; next contract?
    Most of my relatives are in Canada and I was born there. For most of my life, the US dollar was worth a lot more than the Canadian dollar, short of a short period of time. They went into that with their eyes open, so there should be no surprises. They just care more about their stock price than anything else these days.............. as with most giant multinationals. The CEO's would put out a hit on their Mother if it would gain .25 in stock price.

    They never seem to understand long term implications, however. Not until it bites them in the ass.
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    Commiserations Canada, we feel your pain.

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    Re: GM Oshawa plant to end vehicle production today

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    I'm not sure how GM books charges/credits with regard to exchange rates, but 7 years ago the USD and CAD were at par; today the USD is 1.31 CAD (about a 25% decline).

    7 years ago one of our customers in Canada paid 100 CAD for a 100 USD part, today they have to pay 131 CAD for that same 100 USD part.

    How long before CAMI gets the boot; next contract?

    The average exchange rate for the CAD to USD over the last 50 years has been 0.75, right where it is. A 75 cent dollar is a lot better for manufacturing costs than a 1:1 exchange rate.

    GM still has CAMI and St. Catherines but Oshawa was head office and was one of the largest and highest quality plants in the GM portfolio. How they got here to shutting it I have no idea - I'm sure the collapsing car market has a lot to do with it. Had friends that worked there and my girlfriend back in the day used to work on the Lumina line for a summer job. This one really hits home.
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    Re: GM Oshawa plant to end vehicle production today

    Quote Originally Posted by kool1 View Post
    The average exchange rate for the CAD to USD over the last 50 years has been 0.75, right where it is. A 75 cent dollar is a lot better for manufacturing costs than a 1:1 exchange rate.

    GM still has CAMI and St. Catherines but Oshawa was head office and was one of the largest and highest quality plants in the GM portfolio. How they got here to shutting it I have no idea - I'm sure the collapsing car market has a lot to do with it. Had friends that worked there and my girlfriend back in the day used to work on the Lumina line for a summer job. This one really hits home.
    Add to that. Government run Health Care, and Government Subsidized Electricity Rates. And of course Many Many Tax breaks throughout the years, Canadian Production should have been Feasible.

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