GM's Flint Assembly Builds 1st Light-Duty Pickup 7-20-2010 - WNEM TV 5

GM's Flint Assembly Builds 1st Light-Duty Pickup 7-20-2010

The first light-duty pickup rolled off the line at the General Motors Flint Assembly at 1 p.m. Tuesday.
It's the first light-duty truck produced at the plant since the 1980s.
Light-duty production at Flint Assembly will account for about 15 percent of GM’s total pickup production. The rest is heavy-duty production as both vehicles are built on the same line.
According to Tom Wickham, Plant Communications Manager, Flint Assembly is making the regular (two-door) and crew (four-door) Chevy Silverado in the light-duty version. The assembly line is supplementing production of light-duty production in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Silao, Mexico. Both the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra in regular and crew heavy-duty versions are built at the Flint location.
GM’s Flint Assembly employs a little more than 2,000 people. Wickham said two shifts are in operation at the plant, and there currently are not plans for a third shift, based on demand.
GM recently invested more then $21 million to prepare the plant for the light-duty production. Wickham said this included insourcing some kitting and sequencing work, which means employees get parts from various suppliers and get them ready for delivery and installation on the assembly line.
The plant first opened in 1947 and has built 12.8 million cars and trucks since that time.
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