Job security for 3,000 GM workers in Ingersoll, Ont.
Cami employees works on a vehicle in this 2009 file photo. (QMI Agency)
LONDON, Ont. — Cami Assembly in Ingersoll, Ont., is getting a $250-million investment and job security for its 3,000 workers.
GM Canada announced cash for a new body shop to support future production, meaning the southern Ontario assembly plant is getting the next generation of Equinox and Terrain vehicles.
"It is fantastic news, it reflects on our membership, we got this thanks to their work," said Mike Van Boekel, chairman of Canadian Auto Workers Local 88.
With Cami landing the next generation of vehicles, it means they will have the work for at least seven years, the lifespan of a new vehicle, Van Boekel said.
Construction on the new body shop is expected to start soon.
GM has been making about 150 Equinox SUVs a day at its Spring Hill, Tenn., plant and there was concern among some workers production would be moved there, but this news means Cami has won the work.
“We have had a strong start to 2013 with customer demand for our newest vehicles driving improved sales,” Kevin Williams, president of General Motors of Canada, said in a statement. “This is strong confirmation that our investing in manufacturing flexibility, finding ways to bring new products to market faster, is the right strategy.”