General Motors and its in-house parts supplier ACDelco have opened a new $65 million square foot parts processing facility in Flint, Michigan, bringing 800 jobs to the region and expanding its Flint-area workforce to over 9,500 employees.
The new 1.1 million-square-foot facility is triple the size of the existing parts plant facility in Burton, which it replaces. This increased capacity will help GM to grow its aftersales parts business and to serve its dealers and customers with greater efficiency.
GM also operates its Grand Blanc customer relations center in the Flint area, along with the large Flint Manufacturing complex.
“This new facility in Burton will help us continue to deliver the industry’s best possible sales, service and ownership experience,” GM’s vice president for the Americas, Barry Engle, said in a prepared statement. “Strategic investments in our core business, and the strong U.S. economy, are creating opportunities for GM and its employees all over the country, and especially here in Michigan.”
The automaker says the facility will make parts for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles “as well as hundreds of competitive vehicles,” from other manufacturers. The first delivery from the plant was shipped out in June and GM says it is expecting the plant to process around 100 inbound deliveries and 55 outbound deliveries each day at its 84 shipping and receiving docks.
GM may be keen to get news about the new processing plant out into the public sphere, with the automaker facing backlash in recent months after it closed five North American production plants whilst continuing to send new products to plants in other countries, such as Mexico. Discussions around the topic have become particularly impassioned in recent months as GM enters contract negotiations with the Big Three and as the 2020 presidential race heats up.