GM paint shop to open in Flint - WNEM TV 5

GM paint shop to open in Flint

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Major construction is underway for a new General Motors facility in Mid-Michigan.

Crews began hanging steel for the automaker's new state of the art paint shop in Flint on Monday.

"We really want to make a good showing," said Patrick Bell, project manager for Midwest Steel.

Midwest Steel out of Detroit will have 12,000 chances for that good showing. That's how many pieces of steel that it will take to build the new state of the art paint facility at General Motors Flint Assembly.

"It's a 10,000-ton structural steel job. So it's a very large structural steel project for our company," Bell said.

The paint shop is a $600 million project.

"They believe in our work force," said Barry Campbell, chairman for UAW local. "A 1.3 million square foot state of the art paint shop right here in Flint, MI. You know we're on a comeback. We're here and we're here to stay."

Union officials said once the facility is complete the work in the plant could accelerate. They're hoping that could lead to more opportunities in the plant. Which they said can only be good for their membership.

"It will change the way we paint vehicles. It will increase our line speed, so we'll gain jobs within our facility. It's good for our community. We bring several thousand contract jobs here. Union iron workers and it's, it's great," Campbell said.

Many of the workers from Midwest Steel just got back from a job in Kansas City. Bell said this job could last a while. An idea both he and his workers like.

"We all have young families and we're very happy to be home here working locally and be home with our families every night," Bell said.

They said they hope to have the steel hung by summer and the building enclosed before the weather changes.

The paint shop is scheduled to begin painting in February 2016.

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