General Motors announced yesterday a $79-million investment into its Flint Truck Assembly plant to create a new trim shop at the facility. The 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,” in the words of Flint Assembly Plant Manager Michael Perez.
The Flint Truck Assembly trim shop will be located in a new, 365,000-square-foot building on the west side of the plant, and will help retain some of the plant’s existing 2,930 hourly jobs. A GM Spokesperson says that no new jobs will be created as a result of the investment, MLive reports. In a release, General Motors said that the trim shop will provide its Flint Truck Assembly plant greater flexibility to launch future programs and improve the quality of the products assembled there.
The plant’s current products include the light-duty Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and heavy-duty Chevrolet/GMC trucks.
GM has invested almost $2 billion into its Flint Truck Assembly plant since 2011, including a $600-million investment announced in 2013 that went toward plant upgrades and the construction of a new paint shop, and an $877-million investment toward a new body shop.
This latest investment shows that “GM continues to have confidence in [local union] members,” says UAW Local 598 Chairman Eric Welter. “This proves that when we work together, we come up with solutions that are both good for GM and good for our members.”