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Guided tour of plant connect community with industry

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Scott Allen and his son are one of hundreds of people who got a chance to take a guided tour at the GM Flint assembly.

It's open house day at the facility, marking the first time either of them have set foot inside the plant.

"All the years driving past the facility and never coming inside it's great to come in here and see the tour. And being allowed into GM's home to see how it's done," Scott Allen said.

The Allen's spent about 15 minutes getting to know General Motors a little better, giving father and son a chance to bond over cars.

"This is amazing to see how they're made," Scott Allen said. "You know when we ride in our truck it was made here."

The up close and personal encounter left an impression on young Corbin. He said this is is one of his fond memories of summer vacation.

"I've never heard any kids in my school say hey I went to the GM assembly plant to see how cars were made," Corbin Allen said.

The making of these world class vehicles brings a strong sense of pride to those who work the line every day. Company spokesman Gary Duff said his staff is proud to show off how these American cars and trucks are made.

"To be able to share that with the community and to get them in here and get some excitement in the community about what general motors does and what we do here in our plant means a lot to us," Duff said.

Duff said he expects almost 2,000 tourists to come through the plant, and a visit to a GM plant affected his life.

"I can remember walking through the plant where my dad was back when i was six years old. That's stuck with me all these years so it makes a difference."

Scott Allen said he's impressed with what he saw here at GM assembly and he’s optimistic about the future of the automobile industry in Flint, and what it could mean for his son.

"There's a major investment here," Scott Allen said. "And they're going to continue to make this town thrive. And good to see that he can see a future and that there's an opportunity for him to go to school and college and be an engineer one day and be able to design these vehicles."

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