General Motors invests $68 million in Oshawa plant image

General Motors announced it will invest $68 million at its assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, where the next generation of the Chevrolet Impala will be built.

The Detroit-based automaker added that the move will keep about 350 jobs at its Canadian assembly plant. GM also announced that the Impala will be built at both Oshawa and the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plants in order to meet customer demand and maximize the flexibility of its manufacturing operations.

Combined with the recent investment to support the launch of the Cadillac XTS in 2012, GM is investing $185 million to Oshawa, which will create or retain approximately 750 jobs. The next-generation Chevrolet Impala is GM’s fifth new product commitment to Canada since 2009.

In 2010, the Oshawa plant started production of the Buick Regal, Chevrolet Camaro Convertible and Chevrolet Equinox, adding two shifts and securing 1,300 jobs. The Canadian facility employs more than 4,400 people, who build the Chevrolet Camaro and current Chevrolet Impala.

“With the investments for the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS, we are taking big steps forward to ensure we maximize the flexible manufacturing facility and high-quality workforce that exist in Oshawa,” said Kevin Williams, CEO General Motors of Canada.