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Pain and Sense of Betrayal as Canada G.M. Factory Closes After a Century

OSHAWA, Ontario — General Motors has been making cars in Oshawa, Ontario, for more than a century in factories that once employed upward of 40,000 people, so the company’s announcement on Monday that it would stop production brought recriminations from across the Canadian political spectrum.

GM said Monday that it has no plans to manufacture vehicles in Oshawa past the end of 2019. It announced similar fates for three factories in Michigan and one in Ohio, and said it would also close two unspecified facilities outside North America.

The company said the changes were the results of shifts in consumer demand, with SUV and pickup truck sales increasing while sedan sales stall.

“We recognize the need to stay in front of changing market conditions and customer preferences to position our company for long-term success,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in a press release.

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