Officials broke ground on a brand new paint facility at GM Truck Assembly Monday morning.
Company officials, members of the United Auto Workers union and local dignitaries gathered to mark the occasion. Workers will put up a 596,000-square-foot building. The peak manpower for building construction is estimated at 280 people.
On the environmental side, the plant will provide a 90 percent reduction in sludge to local landfills. The facility will also use 20 percent less gas and 40 percent less electricity. The groundbreaking also means that eventually more people will be employed in Flint.The employment impact of this new paint facility will be 150 new or retained jobs. Construction on the paint shop begins in earnest this spring.
The paint shop is being built on the site of the former V-8 engine plant that General Motors closed in 1999.
The facility is scheduled to open in 2016.
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