The following comes from a column I wrote a
while back when GM announced the proposed closing of Car Plant Number 2 in
"Rick Wagoner, chairman of General Motors, is the smartest guy I know. I figure if he can’t fix what ails GM, nobody can.
"So there must be something behind the proposed closing of Oshawa Car Plant 2 as part of this week’s massive cost-cutting announcement that is beyond the reach of mere plebeians.
"If the challenges of the car business
are quality and productivity, how can closing your highest-quality, most
efficient plant possibly help?"
Today, Wagoner announced that GM will be closing the Oshawa truck plant too, some time next year, meaning the loss of about a thousand jobs.
Due to collapsing demand for full-size pick-ups in the United States, three other assembly facilities, in Ohio, Wisconsin and Mexico, will also be shuttered. Chances are none of them will ever re-open.
Other truck plants - all in the US - will remain open to service whatever demand remains.
And the same comment remains: Oshawa has always been GM's most-efficient, highest-quality truck plant. So, why close this one?
The way things are supposed to work in the big bad world is the strongest survive, the weak get culled.
Instead, GM is culling the strong, and hoping to survive on the backs of the weak.
Sorry Rick; I’m missing something here.
I can't begin to know how these sorts of decisions are reached. But it sure looks like some American flag-waving is at work here.
Bloody shame, especially since just a few days after GM reached an agreement with the CAW that would save these 1,000 jobs.
Buzz Hargrove, I don't think you can retire just yet. Your toughest job may have just begun.
[UPDATE: GM's Oshawa Car Plant 2, now apparently called the "consolidated line", did not in fact close. Now that cars are once again king, it continues to crank out the Chevrolet Impala and Buick Allure/LaCrosse.]