General Motors has moved to announce that an Oshawa, Ontario, assembly line will function two years longer than planned, thanks to increased demand for the Chevrolet Equinox and Impala.
The company revealed it now would close the line in 2016, which postpones a previous plan to stop production in June 2014. The extension comes after J.D. Power & Associates rated both vehicles high for quality.
“This was great news to wake up to this morning,” said Jerry Dias, president of Unifor, formerly known as the Canadian Auto Workers union, in a statement. “It is a testament to what we’ve been saying about this plant all along — that the skills and efficiency of the workers at the plant make it worth keeping open.”
Union executives even went as far as to suggested the latest decision could make GM keep the production indefinitely at the facility near Toronto, which employs about 650 people.
“By maintaining production over the next few years, we have a chance to bring in another product and keep the plant open longer,” said Ron Svajlenko, president of Unifor Local 222, in a statement.
The Oshawa plant’s flex line, which is not closing, currently builds the Chevrolet Camaro and submodels, the Buick Regal and the Cadillac XTS, but production of the next-generation Camaro is scheduled to be moved to Lansing after 2015.