There’s good news from the auto sector that will benefit the local economy.
Starting next month, CAMI Automitive in Ingersoll will begin hiring at least 200 people.
The hiring spree is in response to a major expansion at the plant itself, announced back in February.
“They put about a 400,000 square foot addition on to the weld shop,” plant chair Mike Van Boekel told AM980. “They’re going to build the next generation Equinox and launch it in 2017.”
Van Boekel says they are going to start hiring over the next two weeks, and that will continue over the next few months as the production date for the new SUV draws closer.
“The vast majority will be full-time jobs, good paying jobs that start at over 20 bucks and hour, with pension and benefits.”
Those interested in applying can only do so online at: productionassociates.ca.
The GM assembly plant currently employs around 3,000 hourly and salary workers.
General Motors announced plans to invest $560 million dollars to prepare the Ingersoll facility to build the next generation Chevrolet Equinox back in February.
They said $190 million will be spent directly at the plant on equipment and tools, and $370 million in vendor tooling with suppliers in Canada.
At that time, the union that represents workers at the plant, Unifor, said the announcement guarantees the jobs of 3,000 workers at the plant for many years to come, and now increase employment.
Officials say workers at the plant have been working six-day weeks to keep up with demand for the Equinox and Terrain vehicles.