GM may have big plans in the EV space, but it’s far from done with internal combustion. To that point, GM just announced that it will invest more than $1 billion into its Flint Assembly and Flint Metal Center manufacturing sites to support production of its next-generation, ICE-powered, heavy-duty trucks. GM states that it is committed to “continue providing customers a strong portfolio of ICE vehicles for years to come.”
“Today we are announcing significant investments in Flint to strengthen our industry-leading full-size pickup business by preparing two plants to build the next-generation ICE HD trucks,” said Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Sustainability, Gerald Johnson. “These investments reflect our commitment to our loyal truck customers and the efforts of the dedicated employees of Flint Assembly and Flint Metal Center.”
The investments include $788 million for the GM Flint Assembly plant for a body shop building expansion and general assembly conveyor expansion, as well as new tooling and equipment. The Flint Assembly plant produces the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. A further $233 million will be invested into the GM Flint Metal Center for new stamping dies, press refurbishments, and new equipment.
GM has committed more than $30.5 billion in investments for its U.S. manufacturing and parts distribution facilities since 2013, with more than $1.7 billion in investments announced for Flint-area operations this year alone. Investments include $579 million for the Flint Engine Operations plant, which is set to produce the sixth-generation Small Block V8 engine, as well as $103.5 million for the Davison Road Processing Center to support technology upgrades and improve workplace safety. GM’s U.S. factory operations include more than 50 assembly, stamping, propulsion, component plants, and parts distribution centers.
General Motors reports that GM HD pickup sales increased 38 percent year-over-year during 2022, with almost 288,000 units sold. What’s more, the 2023 Chevy Silverado HD was ranked as the best-selling retail full-size HD pickup model.