In an effort to revitalize the city of Flint, Michigan, who was synonymous with the meteoric rise of Ford in the first half of the twentieth century, General Motors plans to invest $877 million dollars into the Flint Assembly Plant. This overhaul and investment is expected to be part of a plan to open up and expand three U.S. truck plants to install new assembly lines, body welding shops, and paint operations for future production of Silverado pickups and SUVs such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Cadillac Escalade, while avoiding shutting down the plant and delay ongoing production.
“In the last several years, GM’s investments in the city of Flint have topped $2.5 billion, creating hundreds of construction jobs and an economic boost for the community,” Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said in a statement.
This investment not only strengthens the ties between GM and the city, it demonstrates that Flint continues to play an important role in the resurgence of manufacturing in Michigan and the rest of the United States.
The economic impact alone in 2014 generated $238 million dollars in wages and $46.5 million dollars in payroll taxes for the community of Flint. The investments could prove useful in assisting GM to make headways for the new labor agreements the United Auto Workers union is negotiating with the Detroit Three automakers. Securing jobs at U.S. factories is a top priority for union leaders. Flint Assembly employs more than 2,800 workers, including nearly 2,600 hourly workers represented by UAW Local 598.
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