In 1947, the General Motors Flint assembly opened as part of the post-WWII boom that swept the nation. 68 years later, the plant continues to produce Chevrolet and GMC full-size trucks but, major upgrades are in store for the plant.
General Motors has announced an $877 million investment for the Flint assembly plant. The investment includes a new body shop for the plant, which will move essential operations closer to the Flint Metal Center. This move was sought out to reduce operation times and reduce transportation costs.
“This investment will allow us to use a more innovative approach to deliver material between two critical facilities, reducing handling and the time it takes to ship parts,” said Cathy Clegg, GM North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations vice president.
The investment will also include general improvements to the Flint assembly, along with retooling and the installation of new equipment, most likely for the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.
Construction will begin in the first half of 2016, with a completion date of 2018.
This announcement finishes off the whopping $5.4 billion General Motors has earmarked for U.S. manufacturing investments. Since 2009, GM has invested approximately $17.8 billion into its domestic operations.