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By KRYSTA PUTMAN
The management team at General Motors (GM) in St. Catharines has decided to add 60 new jobs to its roster for the first time in 20 years. In addition to this hiring of new employees, GM is also recalling 174 former employees.
Those working at Canadian Automotive Manufacturing Inc. (CAMI) in Woodstock and Oshawa or who’ve remained on layoff, will be offered work in St. Catharines this year. GM Canada called the hiring “good news for our employees, dealers, suppliers and the community.” St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan also called the jobs announcement “really good news.” Although GM has not stated how long the workers will have employment, some think that this is a great start.
Eighteen-year-old Shane MacReeb was straight out of high school and still trying to figure out what he wanted to do with his life. MacReeb has always been interested in cars, however, he says, “Working with cars is basically all I ever thought about doing with my life, but it just didn’t seem like the jobs will be there for me when I’m finished school.”
After being told about General Motors’ plans to hire more workers for its two Ontario plants, MacReeb has decided to look into automotive programs at Niagara College. “My dad was a mechanic and he always told me to get a job in an industry that would last, and it seems as if I now have that chance.” Less than a week after this hiring plan was confirmed, Ford Motor Co. made its major announcement that $700 million will be invested in the Oakville assembly plant, which will secure 2,800 jobs and add the opportunity for many more to be added.
According to the Ford website, part of the investment will increase its sustainability and fuel efficiency research and development capacity in Ontario, including supporting studies in vehicle light-weighting, the reduction of stationary emissions from industrial facilities, and research into advanced engine development at Ford’s powertrain research facilities in Windsor. In a statement released by Ford, Will Cowell, plant manager, says that this year is an incredible year for Oakville Assembly.
“We are celebrating the plant’s 60th anniversary and we passed the one million mark in Ford Edge production. We look forward to continuing to celebrate many more milestones and to building quality vehicles with passion and excellence for years to come.”
For Charles Busby, 32, it’s a different view. “There aren’t enough local jobs, and the Niagara region has lost a lot of its manufacturing job. I am definitely happy to see a company try and breath life back into a job market, which seems lifeless.”
“I have some friends that work in the auto business and although they say that both Ford and GM are doing a great thing for our area, it doesn’t affect them that much.”
Busby says that even though the two auto firms do large hiring, the job security is a lot less stable than in smaller companies.