By on May 9, 2017

2016 GMC Sierra with eAssist, Image: General Motors

General Motors hasn’t made an official announcement about the new product destined for Ontario’s Oshawa Assembly plant, only saying that pickups would be sent there for final assembly. However, much like with Ford’s returning Bronco and Ranger, it often comes down to union brass to spill the beans about product allocation.

In this case, the union representing both autoworkers and employees at a seat supplier has provided proof of Oshawa’s new product. Two truck models snatched out of Oshawa by GM’s 2009 bankruptcy will indeed return.

In a media release, Unifor, which represents Canadian autoworkers and a number of industry suppliers, stated clearly that the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra will be sent to Oshawa for final assembly. Lear Corporation of nearby Whitby, recently ratified a collective agreement with its Unifor-represented workers.

Besides the usual pay promises, the agreement “secures the assembly of the GM Oshawa K2XX Truck seats starting January 2018,” Unifor wrote. In case platform codes remain a mystery to the reader, the union went on to state it had “secured production of seats for the Sierra and Silverado trucks and good jobs.”

It was already generally accepted that the GM full-sizers would come to Oshawa, but the automaker — even after some prodding — wouldn’t mention it. Now it doesn’t have to.

Last week, Unifor Local 222 issued a memo stating the first truck shift will start in the fourth quarter of this year, employing 535 workers. A second shift, employing 500, will start in the second quarter of 2018. The move to bring trucks to Oshawa came during last year’s collective bargaining negotiations, where many thought the plant (Canada’s oldest) was in danger of closing.

Product has leaked from Oshawa for years, and continues to do so. In 2009, the Oshawa Truck Plant — which built the Silverado and Sierra — closed amid financial turmoil, ending operations that began in 1918. The Chevrolet Camaro followed a couple of years ago. Buick Regal assembly will depart next month, followed by Chevrolet Equinox final assembly this summer (leaving just the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS).

With the pickup deal, the plant gained a lifeline, while GM gained labor peace. As part of the supplier’s two-year agreement, it will also be tapped to provide seats for the K2XX replacement, code-named T1XX, should it come to Oshawa. The first vehicles build on the new full-size platform are expected to appear in late 2018.

[Image: General Motors]

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30 Comments on “Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Head North After Eight-Year Absence...”

  • avatar

    This should make the Canadians very happy. President Trump not so much.

    • 0 avatar

      Why should he care?

      He hasn’t said a thing about TRUCKS being built in Mexico, only the Chevy Cruze. If he doesn’t care about pickups being built in Mexico than he shouldn’t care about them being built in Canada.

      • 0 avatar

        From what I understand, Trump wants to create/retain more jobs in America to put all those people in the Heartland, MI, WI, and other industrial states back to work.

        He said he wanted more cars made in America…….

        That appealed to a lot of people and those were the people who switched parties and voted Trump into office.

        Having pickups made in Canada is going to go over “Like A Rock” with the UAW and the people in the Heartland.

        • 0 avatar

          Once again, do you actually believe all of the sh!t that comes out of his “most beautiful cake” hole?
          Colbert should get a medal for pointing out what his mouth is good for!

          #Emptypotus only cares about what makes him look good. He has no policies of his own. He just repeats the last thing that was told to him. This won’t even register on his radar unless someone tells him about it.

          • 0 avatar

            Get over yourself. Get a grip! The guy got elected lawfully, albeit without MY vote.

            Even so, I’m impressed all to hell and back with what the guy has done in such a short time since election day.

            I gave you the link already

            But if he doesn’t keep those promises to the people who got him elected, Trump is toast, starting with the 2018 election.

            Kinda puts a sense of urgency in governing, doesn’t it?

            Nothing easier than to make promises on the campaign trail.

            Nothing harder than to keep those promises in the real world, especially when he has to fight the GOP, the ‘crats AND the Fake News Media, all working against him.

            I hope Trump can convince Ms Barra to put the kibosh on this deal and keep the jobs in America.

          • 0 avatar

            Ha HA. Too funny.

            Did you look at his “Contract with America”???

            “On November 8th, Americans will be voting for this 100-day plan to restore prosperity to our economy, security to our communities and honesty to our government. This is my pledge to you. And if we follow these steps, we will once more have a government of, by and for the people”

            80% of his “contract with America” has failed.

            All this blind support from a guy who has said that he has been spending as little time as possible in the USA.

          • 0 avatar

            Yup, I thought the whole idea of Trump getting elected was HILLARYous!

            Nevertheless, it’s here, and it is real; much to the chagrin of those who didn’t vote for him.

            I believe we’re going to see some major changes, including those that affect the US car makers and the auto-buying public.

            And if I wasn’t impressed by what the guy has done already, I’d be fearful of what he’s going to do next.


          • 0 avatar

            WhiteHouse dot gov as a source of proof?

            Ha Ha Ha Ha.

            On the subject of Fake news……

            Ha ha ha

            The name of the place that the president lives in takes all new meaning with him and his followers;

            The “WHITE” House

            Yup, all of those rich white boys will laugh all the way to the bank and all of the uneducated white boys with take it in the azz and thank him for it.

            That does explain why you haven’t been spending much time in the USA.

          • 0 avatar

            Yeah, I’m laughing WITH you!

            I never thought this would ever happen, either.

            Even funnier are all those Leftie-Libbys walking around like Zombies with their minds blown.

            And the handwringing ECO-friends and treehuggers. Oh, the pollution!!!

            Unbelievable! And it’s only been a little past 100 days.

            Them Changes (Buddy Miles & Carlos Santana)

          • 0 avatar

            “Yeah, I’m laughing WITH you!’

            Nice to see you engage in self-deprecating humour.

            I didn’t think that anyone in their right would actually say the stuff that you were saying and actually believe it.

            You should do stand up comedy.

          • 0 avatar

            Brace yourself because there will be more surprises coming our way, and in the auto sector too.

          • 0 avatar

            Trump derangement syndrome strikes again! I imagine the spittle flying out of your deranged mouth while yelling at the TV when Trump comes on.

            Get a life and stop infecting every post with your deranged lefty views.

          • 0 avatar

            Lou_BC, my Canadian brother in law sent this video link to me. Thought you might enjoy it.


          • 0 avatar

            highdesertcat – I’ve seen similar stuff to that video. Most aren’t illegals fleeing the USA. They claimed refugee status in the USA and were accepted because of fear of persecution in the USA and as the cabbie said, fear of detainment and worse fear of getting sent back to the sh!t holes they came from.
            The police on the Canadian side for the most part have not been turning them back.

          • 0 avatar

            “They claimed refugee status in the USA and were accepted but fear of persecution in the USA”

            I don’t know how much of that is true because if they claimed refugee status and are accepted, then they are legalized and documented with actual paperwork and a TIN, instead of a SSAN.

            But if they have a criminal record, then yes, they WILL be deported, post haste. The deportation process is so smooth and streamlined since Gen Kelly took over that people can be picked up, fingerprinted, mug shot taken, and deported in less than an hour in many cases.

            No due process allowed since they are not citizens.

            My State (New Mexico) is a sanctuary state, so we document everyone and send them on their merry way, either to Blue States or North, to Canada.

            That got NM into trouble with the Feds and our Drivers Licenses are not accepted as IDs, anywhere. Not on airplanes either.

            They don’t meet the Real ID Act.

          • 0 avatar

            highdesertcat –
            “This week the UN refugee agency’s representative in Canada, Jean-Nicolas Beuze, visited the crossing at Lacolle, Que., to observe the process and speak with asylum seekers.”
            “The rhetoric in the U.S. against foreigners, migrants, refugees and against specific groups has prompted some of them to feel they were potentially at risk in the U.S., of not having access to a fair process in the U.S., and those decided to come to Canada,” he told host Rosemary Barton.”
            “While some of the migrants are leaving the U.S. because they are there illegally or are undocumented, many of the migrants Beuze spoke with had valid residency in the U.S., but wanted to come to Canada because it is “a more welcoming country.”

            The Refugees are detained until criminal record/background checks are completed. They are then released and have 15 days to formally claim refugee status. The release is contingent upon having a clear check.

            Canada has an agreement with the USA called “The Canada-United States Safe Third Country Agreement.” Canada is supposed to return any refugees back to the USA if they already have filed a claim in the USA. Canada for the most part has chosen to ignore that agreement because of sociopolitical unrest in the USA. We are basically accepting refugees seeking refuge from the USA (real or imagined).

          • 0 avatar

            Lou_BC, thanks for sharing that. I’ve made distribution to interested parties in Albuquerque and Las Cruces but I doubt they will route their illegal aliens through a Quebec gateway.

            It’s simpler and shorter to go North on I-25 and pop across the fence in the sparsely populated wilderness.

            Because of our proximity to the Southern border, we basically deal with only two groups here, Mexican and OTM (Other Than Mexican), like Central and South American, although there have been a few Iraqis and Iranians caught who came up through Old Mexico.

            In addition, the Feds usually leave alone people who arrive in the US by airplane and overstay their visas illegally. I know of no Asian groups or Middle Easterners who are being hunted down to be deported.

          • 0 avatar

            highdesertcat – Here is an interesting tidbit:

            “From 2013 to 2015, in fact, more U.S. citizens than Mexicans applied for asylum in Canada, according to IRCC data. During those years, 133 Mexicans came by land to claim asylum in Canada, compared to 184 people with U.S. citizenship.”

            This piece flies in the face of the belief that we welcome everyone with open arms:

            “According to Vancouver-based refugee advocacy group No One is Ilegal, 87,317 migrants were detained in Canada between 2006 and 2014, and sometimes put in provincial jails. They can be detained for months, and in cases where the applicant has mental health issues, they may be held for years.”

            If you are a criminal or pose a risk to the residents of Canada, you aren’t going to fair too well when caught.

        • 0 avatar

          HDC, after reading your many posts about NM and spending a week here I can see how many retired military can lay a stake here. Just enough .gov but enough to stay out of your business. I still see a few Bernie and Hillary stickers on Toyota’s.

  • avatar

    I was kicking tires at the local Chevy dealer. I saw a 4 door silverado with 52% mexican contect.

    Nice. Real nice.

  • avatar

    Maybe someone in Canada can teach GM how to make round wheel wells/arches again. Just don’t get the whole square thing.

  • avatar

    A friend of mine has a 2017 Sierra (bought in 2016) with cab and 4×4 and said it handled terribly in snow,he had a white knuckle trip down the NJ Parkway in a few inches of snow. I am not being a Fordie, just saying.

    • 0 avatar

      @TomHend –

      1. What kind of tires did he have on it?
      – Stock tires are usually Wrangler SR/A’s which are only good for keeping the rims from rubbing on pavement.

      2. “with cab” ???
      They all come with cabs. CrewCab? DoubleCab? or regular cab?

      3. long box or short box?

      4. Weight in box or empty?

      5. Did he use 4×4?

      There are multiple factors that will affect winter handling. Then there is the type of snow, temperature etc.

  • avatar

    It’d be awesome to have a USA made Silverado/Sierra, considering all the labor involved in putting up to 800,000 of them on the road each year, raw materials to showroom. Even the few actually made in the US are technically imports with their parts content.

    Thanks for nothing New GM!

    It’s one of the more disgusting things about the US bailout of GM. At least Canada chipped in.

    • 0 avatar

      @DenverMike – in many respects it was extortion on GM’s part. Both GM and Chrysler (unofficially of course) threatened to leave Canada if “we” did not chip in.

  • avatar

    I empathize with DenverMike. FYI, GM assembles pickups at three plants: Flint, MI, Ft. Wayne, IN, and Silao, Mexico. The window stickers show what percent “US Content”.

    If GM could build more trucks with their existing plants, I’m sure they would not spend the money to tool Oshawa.

    The old Oshawa truck plant will NOT reopen, so they have to retrofit the car plant to build trucks. Will cost some $.

    As far as the bail-out, DenverMike has a point–the US (and also Canadian) taxpayers saved the company, so it should make more than an effort to keep or grow jobs in the US and Canada.

    I think that GM’s current management has done a good job of harnessing the tailwinds since GM’s near collapse to make money.

    That said, I also think they, like 99% of Corporate America’s mgt, are GROSSLY OVERPAID.

    And, given that they owe their jobs to Uncle Sam, some humility is in order when it comes to executive compensation.

  • avatar

    The K2XX that Oshawa is tooling for is replaced by the T1XX in late 2018 as a 2019 model.

    This is a stop gap strategy to cover the ramp up of the new truck and uses Fort Wayne’s old body shop.

    It gets Oshawa 12 to 16 months of production.

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