This investment, which was announced as part of six other GM U.S. facility investments this week totaling more than $2 billion, comes as both the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups continue to gain significant market share in the United States and Canada, the automaker said.
The GM Flint Assembly plant manufactures the Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD only. The plant, which was first opened in 1947, employs 4,450 salaried workers and 335 hourly workers. GM has made several major investments in the facility in recent years, including $150 million to help support increased production at the facility, $877 million in 2015 to construct a new body shop and $600 million in 2013 for a new paint shop and other related upgrades.
Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer released a statement on the investments after GM’s announcement Tuesday.
“This is good news for Michigan families and hardworking UAW workers, providing critical momentum to our economic recovery across the state,” Governor Whitmer said. “Since I was sworn in as governor, we have brought in historic investments to our auto plants, creating more than 12,000 Michigan jobs. I will continue to work closely with GM and every other business that wants to invest in the great state of Michigan.”
GM also announced other Michigan plant investments this week, including $17 million in its GM Romulus Propulsion plant to increase production capacity of its 10-speed automatic transmission and $100 million into GM Lansing Delta Township to support production of the next-generation GMC Acadia. It also said invest $3.5 million into GM Orion Assembly and $750,000 into GM Brownstown Battery to support increased Cruise AV test vehicle production.