General Motors is adding 700 engineers in Canada as it expands its research and development efforts for autonomous vehicles and other technologies.
The company made the announcement at its plant in Oshawa, Ontario, which has been the subject of much speculation. The site, which has been slated for closure three times and come back from the brink each time, is supposed to be shuttered in 2017.
The new engineers will be based in Oshawa and another nearby plant in Markham, Ontario – both are suburbs of Toronto. The move comes on the heels of word from GM CEO Mary Barra that she is willing to talk about the Oshawa plant’s future with Unifor, the Canadian union representing hourly workers there. (more…)