INGERSOLL, ON: Last week, CAMI Assembly employees had five million reasons to celebrate as they marked the production of their five millionth vehicle, a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox at the Ingersoll, Ont. assembly plant. Employees celebrated across all three-shifts as the landmark vehicle made its way through the plant.CAMI employees will be given the opportunity to purchase the Cajun red 2018 Chevrolet Equinox LT AWD through the local dealership, Searles Motor Products.
Building world-class vehicles since April 1, 1989, the plant was originally established as CAMI Automotive Inc. – a joint venture with Suzuki Motor Corporation. During the early production years, CAMI produced models for both Chevrolet and Suzuki.
In 2011, the joint-venture partnership with Suzuki Motor Corporation came to an end and the plant became a fully-owned entity of General Motors, which is now known as CAMI Assembly.
As a result of a C$800 million investment, CAMI Assembly has been producing the current-generation Chevrolet Equinox since January 2017.
The Chevrolet Equinox is a fresh and modern compact SUV, perfect for exploring our country and living the Canadian Dream.
The Equinox features an expressive design, increased cargo space, the latest connectivity, an expanded roster of available safety features and an all-new range of turbocharged engines — including the segment’s first turbo-diesel.
The Canadian-built Equinox launched with great success into the heart of the compact SUV market, the best performing segment in Canada, providing Chevrolet with the newest and broadest lineup of crossovers and SUVs.
The employees at CAMI have created a culture of team involvement and continuous improvement resulting in numerous industry awards for vehicle quality and productivity. In 2014, CAMI was awarded the prestigious J.D. Power Silver Plant Award for the Americas, recognizing the plant for its long-standing commitment to customers through leadership in initial quality.
The team at CAMI Assembly together with Unifor Local 88 are also devoted supporters of the local community through donations and outreach to organizations such as the United Way, Alexandra Hospital, Fusion Youth Centre and the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.
In August, CAMI Assembly will open its doors to the local community as it hosts an open house to celebrate its upcoming 30th anniversary.