GM announces $79 million investment in Flint - WNEM TV 5

GM announces $79 million investment in Flint

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Officials at General Motors announced Thursday a $79 million investment to construct a new trim shop for Flint Assembly.

The investment will allow the facility the flexibility to create future programs, improve competitiveness, and strengthen the quality of its award-winning trucks.  

“The new shop will provide a world-class working environment for our employees and will allow them to continue to build award winning trucks with segment leading quality well into the future,” said Michael Perez, plant manager of GM Flint Assembly.

Officials said the investment will allow GM to install new conveyors and technology, as well as improve the general assembly area.

The new 365,000-square foot shop will be located on the west side of the plant. Construction is already underway.

Since 2011, GM has announced nearly $2 billion in investments for Flint Assembly.

"Great news for General Motors. Great news for our members, UAW members. And it's great news for this town," said Steve Dawes, with UAW Region 1D.

He said the plant already had a body and paint shop, but the trim will help to provide a more personal touch inside the vehicles.

"The work will be relatively similar, but the trim inside is your door panels, the carpet, the dashboard, the seats. All the stuff that makes it nice and pretty on the inside," Dawes said.

As for the building itself, its new location will also be more efficient for production.

"Right now, they do that on the second floor. So by putting in this new trim shop together, it'll all be on one floor. On the first floor. So everything will be done, the building of the trucks will be done on one floor," Dawes said.

He said the investment isn't just beneficial to the plant's future, but also the communities as it could help provide jobs to those in Flint.

"It'll retain the jobs we have, but the more efficient we get to build the trucks with a new paint job, body shop and new trim shop. That means we can build more per hour. So when you build more per hour, you've got to hire more people," Dawes said.

He is hoping the news is just the beginning of even more investment in Flint and Genesee County.

"This is great for our town. Great for, you know, hopefully we'll get some jobs will come and hopefully some of the other suppliers will start seeing what Leer's doing. Come to Flint and maybe they'll do the same thing," Dawes said.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver issued the following statement:

It is great to know that General Motors remains committed to building quality vehicles in the City of Flint,” said Mayor Weaver. “This is a huge investment. It shows that General Motors is positioning itself to continue its long history with Flint well into the future. This is a win for current and future employees of the Flint Assembly plant, and for the City of Flint overall.

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