St. Catharines’ GM plant tapped to crank out electric drive systems

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Published February 21, 2023 at 10:40 am

Workers at GM St. Catharines participated in an event Feb. 20 announcing that the plant will transition to produce electric vehicle propulsion systems.

As the highways and byways get greener by the year, car manufacturers are flipping the switch on fossil fuels and shifting to electric glide.

Now, the St. Catharines General Motors plant will help lead the cleaner charge as they have become the first Big Three facility to produce electric vehicle propulsion systems, securing a future role in the industry’s transition to EV manufacturing.

As local investments go, this is huge. As long as cars continue to go green (and that is the only direction for the future), the plant will thrive, keeping hundreds employed.

“For more than 70 years, highly skilled autoworkers in St. Catharines have built among the most advanced powertrains anywhere in the world,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President.

“With a historic investment commitment from GM to build new electric drive units, autoworkers will continue to be the region’s economic backbone for generations to come.”

Workers at GM St. Catharines participated in an event Feb. 20 announcing that the plant will transition to produce electric vehicle propulsion systems for multiple vehicles built on GM’s Ultium Electronic Vehicle line.

“This is the outcome autoworkers and our union have worked towards for years,” said Trevor Longpre, Unifor Plant Chairperson at St. Catharines and Local 199.

“I’m incredibly proud of every worker at GM St. Catharines for proving that we have the dedication, knowledge, and skills to build the electric propulsion systems that will drive us into the future.”

 

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