GM to invest C$1 billion in Canada plant to manufacture electric powered vans

FILE Photo: The Typical Motors Co (GM) CAMI assembly plant is observed in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada Oct 13, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

(Reuters) – Common Motors Co and labor union Unifor stated on Friday they have achieved a tentative deal for the automaker to devote almost C$1 billion ($785.42 million) in its CAMI Assembly Plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, to manufacture commercial electrical vans.

Beneath the tentative deal, which is but to be ratified by the union workers, GM has agreed to start substantial-scale industrial manufacturing of EV600, an electrical van, at its CAMI plant, Unifor mentioned in a assertion.

The Detroit automaker said in a separate assertion that function would start right away at the plant.

The new offer builds on new investments by GM in Canada, which in November had agreed to commit C$1 billion in its Oshawa plant to broaden manufacturing of its complete-dimensions pickup vans.

The Canadian govt welcomed the offer and mentioned it would ensure its aid as quickly as the union users ratified the offer.

“We await the success of the ratification vote,” Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne stated in a statement.

Unifor, the union representing hourly staff in Canada, said much more aspects of the deal would be introduced to neighborhood associates of the union at an online ratification conference scheduled for Jan. 17, the benefits of which are scheduled to be produced a working day later on.

($1 = 1.2732 Canadian dollars)

Reporting by Bhargav Acharya in Bengaluru with supplemental reporting by Steve Scherer in Ottawa Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore