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GM to Add Shift at Ontario Plant

May 6, 2002

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DETROIT (AP) _ General Motors of Canada is adding a third shift at its Oshawa, Ontario, Car Assembly Plant Number 1 to keep up with demand for the Chevrolet Impala, the company said Monday.

The move will result in 1,000 new jobs for current GM Canada employees, according to a statement released by the automaker and the Canadian Auto Workers union.

``The plant has earned a reputation as one of the highest quality and most productive assembly plants in North America,″ Michael Grimaldi, president of GM Canada, said in the statement.

``This announcement is good news for CAW Local 222, who are to be credited for negotiating the third-shift agreement, and for other GM-CAW members,″ said Buzz Hargrove, CAW president.

The plant has been running on overtime to meet demand for both the Impala and Chevrolet Monte Carlo, but demand exceeds manufacturing capacity, GM said.

In April, 16,252 Impalas were sold in the United States, compared to 15,611 during the same month a year ago.

Together with Car Assembly Plant Number 2, which produces the Buick Century and Regal, the Oshawa plants employ 5,000 workers.

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