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05-14-2009, 09:17 AM #1
Last truck rolls off the line today in Oshawa
Oshawa truck plant closes today
Itís the end of an era as the oshawa truck plant will close its doors today. Whatís it all mean to the men and women who have given their working lives to general motors; to the community; And to the future?
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05-14-2009, 09:54 AM #2
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Yup. Yesterday while I was driving home from work I saw a guy pulling the Saturn sign off the local Saturn dealership. I don't know where I'm going to bring my car for maintainance now. I'm certainly not going to work on it myself. The motor's too blasted small and cramped to work on.Christopher
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05-14-2009, 10:49 AM #3
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It's unfortunate. As a supplier to GM and all the truck plants, I found the Oshawa plant to be one of the strictest on quality control - meaning they make good trucks...______________________
05-14-2009, 02:47 PM #4
It's a damn shame they could save that plant and others if they wanted to.
Just build other cars fuel efficient ones.
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05-14-2009, 03:18 PM #5
I dont think it is the fuel efficeant part i think it is the price tag that is put on the gm vehicles 25000 for a regular cab pickup. If gm would go back to the old days and stop producing all those dang packages and make vehicles affordable to the public. To me it seems that I would wrather make 1 doller after everyone is paid than not sell any vehicles. It is the big business part that is killing gm. They need to go back to where they cared what the public wanted and needed.08 silverado
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05-14-2009, 03:44 PM #6
G.M. got consessions with the union workers totaling $19.00/hr per employee .That is a huge amount overall so they could probably have kept it open. I bet the execs aren't hurting like the assembly workers will01 Silverado Ext
05-14-2009, 05:24 PM #7
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I have been watching them close all kind of plants down around the Detroit area here for the past few years. The most recent was a steel mill where they make the steel. Unemployment is very high. PLEASE just check the door sticker for made in USA before buying a new vehicle.2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD Ex. Cab, Fire Red, 6.6L Duramax LMM Equipped with UTG Rocker Pods
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05-15-2009, 12:20 PM #8
i think one of the worst things GM is doing is bringing over made in china vehicles. i think it's going to ruin GM's reputation and make people see all of GM as people used to see Saturn. and that would be a crappy little car that only $6 an hour folks buy2006 Silverado Z71 - 97,000 - totaled, RIP
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05-15-2009, 07:40 PM #9
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Oh man that plant had the BEST quality out of all of the north american operations, they have made a huge mistake with closing that one down. Yesterday here in Ohio they announced that Shiloh steel is closing one of it's plants here in Medina, that's another 1,100 jobs gone and they are steel suppliers for GM plants too. Now they get all of there blanks from China, it is sad that you can't even get a GM car that is made in the U.S. You shouldn't have to check the damn door jam for the U.S. sticker, that is a thing of shame and I agree they are going to tarnish their reputation as U.S. automakers.2004 Chevy Colorado
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05-15-2009, 09:28 PM #10
I saw this post yesterday after hearing about the plant closure. I agree with you Jamie, it surly is a very difficult time for many folks; we've seen it happen in other towns and cities. It's just awful for everyone. I think it's a reflection of a lost vision for our great countries. One time our big companies were run by men and women who rose to corporate positions from working on the line, be it making cars, furniture, machinery, toys, clothing......etc. NOW you get a business or economics degree and your set to manage and run business. Unfortunately that education focuses way to much on profits (FAST PROFITS) there is no connection to the men and women that build those profits.....When was the last time you saw tools, machines, clothes, toys, furniture etc. that was actually made in the US or Canada.....well those folks lost their jobs a long time ago. The automotive industry has lost many jobs over the last 10-15 years, many tool and die shops as well as mold companies have relocated off shore in order to increase their profit margins or just plain stay competitive with those that went before them.....The sooner we realize that our future and our childrenís future is being sold out by Wall Street and Bay Streets profiteers the sooner we can start to repair the damage done. Maybe this automotive mess we have found our selves in will be that trigger.
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