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Impact of new jobs in auto industry

2010-03-19

Queen’s geography professor John Holmes is available to discuss what the recent announcement that as many as 1,000 jobs may be recreated at the GM plant in Oshawa, Ontario means for both the Canadian automobile industry and the overall economy.
“This is encouraging news for the Ontario auto industry when coupled with other recent announcements of Toyota adding an additional shift at its Woodstock plant and CAMI expanding production in Ingersoll,” says Professor Holmes. “It means that a corner seems to have been turned after the disastrous loss of jobs in the Ontario auto sector over the last three years.   However, there will still be far fewer jobs at Oshawa than there were at the beginning of the last decade. Also, it is reported that the decision will result potentially in a 20% reduction in projected total annual vehicle production at Oshawa in 2015.”
Professor Holmes’ research focuses on geographical aspects of the political economy of contemporary economic and social change. He is especially interested in the geographical consequences of the contemporary restructuring and reorganization of production and work, with his empirical research focused primarily on the automobile industry.
To arrange an interview please contact Kristyn Wallace at (613)533-6000 ext 79173 kristyn.wallace@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at (613)533-6000 ext 77513 michael.onesi@queensu.ca, News and Media Services, Queen’s University.

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