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http://newsdurhamregion.com/news/business/article/85410

DURHAM -- Workers at the General Motors car plants will soon be handed temporary layoff notices as the company prepares to take its first steps towards converting the Oshawa plant into a flexible manufacturing facility.


GM spokesman Stew Low said the two-line car plant will be idle for the entire month of December as preparations for the switch-over take place. Workers will return in January to a one-line car plant.


The products currently produced on line one -- such as the Chevrolet Impala -- and those being built on line two will be consolidated into just one line at assembly plant No. 2.


Work will then begin to convert assembly plant No. 1 into a flexible manufacturing line capable of building multiple platforms, including the Chevrolet Camaro. Some workers will continue on temporary layoff during this transition period.


Although the news comes on the heels of 1,200 permanent layoffs at the GM Oshawa Truck plant, Mr. Low says “these layoffs are certainly nothing new.”


Once the flex line is in operation, plant No. 2 will be completely shut down, but Mr. Low says a date for the closure has not yet been determined.


The closure of assembly plant No. 2 was announced as part of the November 2005 cuts and there has been no change to that announcement.


The Canadian Auto Workers union has said previously that most of the job loss that results from the conversion will be absorbed through attrition as workers close to retirement age take early retirement packages.


How many people will be employed in the new flex plant is still unclear and no new product announcements for the flex line have been made beyond the Camaro
 

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Well looks like things are progressing according to plan. :)
The retooling begins! :thumbsup:

How many people will be employed in the new flex plant is still unclear and no new product announcements for the flex line have been made beyond the Camaro[/I]
More to come! :D
 

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The Ford plant down the road makes Explorers and Mountaineers on the same line...even though they're pretty much the same vehicle. They also make Sport Tracs..which just friggin suck.

Anyway, looks like they're getting a mandatory vacation for december. :x



 

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I wonder if the top of the line v-8 will come from the same line as the rest? Any input here?? Progress is promising. They're shuting down for two weeks here for tractor production too. John Deere. I wish my company(a fortune 500) would do the same!
 

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I live in oklahoma city and the GM plant that made trail blazers shut down for good a while back :mad:
 

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Part of me wants the Ford factory to shut down here on the impossible chance of GM buying it(I know it won't happen..the GM buying part). But UPS wants the land the factory is on to make themselves even larger than they already are. Which would make a LOT more jobs...but a LOT more extremely low-paying ones.



 

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Not really. :p
Folks at the ford plant make around $20+ an hour...UPS around $10(after you have been there for years..you start out at $8.50).



 

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I worked there for a month before I got canned for having an accident with a tug (bent a bumper..big woop). And sho enough, it was 8.50 an hour.
Their benefits are good..and if you stay there for a longass time you can get paid well, but starting out it just isn't worth it, considering it is part-time as well. After 90 days or whatever it goes to 9.00 even.



 
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