General Motors Invests $877 Million On Flint Assembly Plants
New Body Shop Will Reduce Costs, Improve Paint Quality on HD Trucks
Today, General Motors (GM) announced that it would be investing $877 million on Flint Assembly, the Flint, Michigan, facility that produces the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado pickups. The investment will come in the form of a new 850,000-square-foot body shop and other facility upgrades. The body shop will be located closer to Flint Metal Center, which supplies sheetmetal and other parts used in production.
Since 2011, GM has announced investments of more than $1.8 billion for the facility, which has created hundreds of construction jobs and an economic boost for the community, according to Flint Mayor Dayne Walling. “This investment not only strengthens the ties between GM and the city, it demonstrates that Flint continues to play an important role in the resurgence of manufacturing in Michigan and the rest of the United States.”
The new paint shop will use a wet-coat process that GM says will result in a smoother, more durable finish. Its proximity to the Metal Center will reduce transportation time and handling between facilities, making production more economical and efficient.
Flint Assembly is GM’s oldest plant in North America, and it offers “view builds,” which allow customers to see their trucks being assembled and rolled off the line. The investment in Flint is just one of many of GM's recent plant revitalization projects.
Source: General Motors