GM’s Ste-Therese plant to close
The long-rumored closing of General Motors' automotive assembly plant in Ste-Therese, QC has apparently come to fru...
The long-rumored closing of General Motors’ automotive assembly plant in Ste-Therese, QC has apparently come to fruition, as the company announced yesterday it will suspend operations at the facility in September 2002. The closing will directly put 1,400 workers out of a job and also severely affect business for a number of Canadian molders supplying the plant.
The closing is a result of the phase out of GM’s Pontiac Firebird and Chevrolet Camaro, and the inability of the company to identify replacement work at the plant. The facility was built in the mid-sixties and its height in the nineties employed about 3,000 workers. Waning interest in the "muscle car" models produced at the plant reduced employment to current levels.
GM last closed a plant in Canada in 1993 when it shut down operations at its Scarborough, ON van plant.