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Chevrolet Silverados sit on the General Assembly line at the GM plant in Oshawa, Ont., on Feb. 22 2022.Chris Young/The Canadian Press

General Motors GM-N says it’s investing $280-million in its Oshawa, Ont., assembly plant to produce its next generation of full-sized internal combustion engine pickup trucks.

The company says in a news release Tuesday that Oshawa plays a critical role in meeting demand for its trucks, and the investment builds on its commitment to Canadian manufacturing.

It did not provide details on the new trucks or the timing of their launch.

GM invested more than $1.2-billion to reopen production at the plant in 2021 after shutting it down in 2019.

Unifor president Lana Payne says in a news release that the more than 3,000 union members at the Oshawa plant welcomed the latest announcement.

GM says since the plant reopened, it has increased production to three shifts, and brought on 50-per-cent women in new production hires.

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