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GM $877 million investment expected to create jobs in Mid-Michigan

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

General Motors announced on Tuesday an $877 million investment over the next three years.

The upgrades at GM’s oldest assembly plant in North America has inspired a boost in morale to the more than 7,000 employees.

"Improvements are being made great structure coming out of this plant and we're in a very strong position to be a part of the American Renaissance of manufacturing," said Mayor Dayne Walling.

Amy Farmer, GM plant manager, said it’s hard work that brought money into Flint.

“I think what brings the smile to my face is how proud I am with everything that we have actually done to earn this," Farmer said.

Today’s announcement revealed plans for GM to build a new body shop and locate it closer to the Flint Metal Center, which supplies sheet metal and other parts used to produce the line of Chevrolet and GMC full-size pick-up trucks, made here in the Vehicle City.

So the immediate question is, does this automatically mean new jobs?

"We're always trying to create more jobs not just internally, but for our community also. And we are going to work real hard at that," said Barry Campbell, UAW 598.

Officials at GM believe this project will be complete in two years – that’s when the new job growth from today’s announcement will be seen. Still the $877 million remains the largest investment GM has made in Flint in 30 years.

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