GM of Canada plans to hire 1,000 engineers

Greg Gardner
Detroit Free Press

General Motors of Canada plans to announce Friday it will hire about 1,000 engineers in the country where they have been reducing their manufacturing presence.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks with Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, during a meeting in Davos, Switzerland earlier this year. GM of Canada plans to announce Friday that it will hire 1,000 engineers.

The news was first reported by the Globe & Mail of Toronto.

A company spokeswoman declined to confirm the number of jobs or other details.

"While there is speculation about the news, GM Canada is looking forward to sharing the news during the event on Friday, June 10," in a statement sent by GM spokeswoman Adria MacKenzie.

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GM has been expanding research and development in recent years, particularly at its Oshawa research center. More than a year ago the automaker said it was hiring 100 software developers in Canada as part of its initiative to develop self-driving vehicles.

Meanwhile, one of two remaining GM assembly lines in Oshawa has been on the brink of closure since 2008. Last August GM said it would keep the line operating until 2017.

The consolidated line produces the Chevrolet Equinox and the previous generation Chevrolet Impala. The flex line, GM's other Oshawa line, produces the current model Impala, Buick Regal, Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac XTS.

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