Union workers and engineers are currnetly working alongside one another at General Motors Flint Assembly plant in order to preapre for production of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt’s new 1.5-liter four-cylinder Ecotec engine, MLive reports. Engine production for early 2016 Volts will take place in Mexico, however GM says work will shift to the Flint plant during the second half of this year.
Plant workers and GM engineers are testing out a new program where they collaborate with one another on production changes at a plant as they prepare for production of 1.5-liter engine. This allows workers to become more involved in their place of employment and vouce to company engineers potential issues that could arise engine assembly.
Mexico will currently handle production of the new engine as the extensive overhaul of the Flint plant continues. Operations launch manager at GM Jim Stack described the lengthly process, which is just now starting to come together.
“We’ve had to rearrange the plant. It’s been like a board game, you’ve got to find open spaces,” Stack said. “That’s the one big challenge for us.”
“For this plant, it’s a brand new assembly system,” he added.
GM officials told MLive they hope to celebrate the start of engine production at the Flint plant by the third or fourth quarter of this year. The 2016 Volt, complete with its new engine, improved 50 miles of electric range and fifth rear seat, will go on sale in the second-quarter.