General Motors has built its first Silverado pickup at its factory in Oshawa, Ontario, after vehicle production in the plant was initially shut down at the end of 2019.

 

The automaker said the factory’s revival will help feed the growing demand for pickup trucks, as well as create 1,800 new jobs to cover two shifts at the plant, along with positions at the company’s suppliers. It will be GM’s only facility making both light- and heavy-duty pickups, and the only one making the Silverado alone.

GM said the retooling to start truck production was one of its fastest launches, and the facility is “one of the most flexible and advanced of its kind in the industry.” It plans to begin shipping the trucks to its dealers in December 2021.

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