General Motors is to add a third shift at its Oshawa assembly plant to support new Equinox production and create new jobs.

The Equinox and Terrain are currently produced at GM's automotive plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, but under the ramp up, the CAMI Automotive Incorporated body shop capacity will be expanded to produce extra Chevrolet Equinox units.

The Equinox body assemblies will be shipped to the Oshawa plant for paint and final assembly alongside the current Chevrolet Impala production.  The plan also enables CAMI to increase GMC Terrain volumes.

"This plan for CAMI and Oshawa allows us to meet customer demand for hot products while avoiding a potential production over-capacity situation by creatively using our assets and facilities," said GM North America president Mark Reuss.

"This innovative approach enables us to ramp up in a timely and cost-effective way and highlights the importance of these plants and communities in our North American plans." 

The third shift to support Equinox production in Oshawa will be added to the consolidated line in October and is expected to return approximately 600 employees to the plant.

At CAMI, all laid off employees will soon be recalled and the additional body shop volume required to support the Equinox build in Oshawa is expected to result in the need for approximately 70 new jobs at CAMI by August of this year.

"This is the latest in a series of very positive growth initiatives and new product mandates for our Canadian facilities," said GM Canada president Kevin Williams.

"By the end of this year, we expect to recall all laid-off production employees in Oshawa to support the new Equinox, Regal and Camaro convertible production planned there and, at CAMI, we will even be hiring some new workers."

General Motors of Canada (GMCL) is headquartered in Oshawa, Ontario and employs 9,000 people nationwide.

GM of Canada manufactures vehicles and powertrains, and markets the full range of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles and related services through the largest automotive dealer network in the country.