GM’s Flint Michigan Plant To Get $877 Million in UpgradesPosted in News on August 4, 2015
The oldest plant GM operates in North America, the Flint assembly plant, is getting some much need upgrades to increase productivity, improve equipment, and streamline material delivery. GM’s $877 million investment plan will build a new body shop closer to the Flint Metal Center, which supplies parts and body panels for Chevrolet and GMC full-size trucks built in the assembly plant. To go along with a new body shop, retooling and new equipment will be installed inside the Flint assembly area.
The new body shop, set to begin construction in 2016 will be located north of the Flint Metal Center, reducing transport and handling times between plants. This new 883,000-square-foot facility is slated for completion in 2018. The new paint shop currently under construction will paint trucks with a new wet-coat process that is designed to have a smoother and more durable finish. GM North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations Vice President, Cathy Clegg said, “This investment will allow us to use a more innovative approach to deliver material between two critical facilities, reducing handling and the time it takes to ship parts.”
With the Flint plant allowing “View Builds” that allow customers to watch as their HD Chevy Silverado and HD GMC Sierra trucks roll off the assembly line, a reduction in handling time and improvement in paint quality will keep truck buyers happy and reduce delays. The Flint plant has received numerous awards already for initial quality, long-term durability, and customer satisfaction. With these investments, the plant looks to raise the bar again.
Since 2011 GM has announced investments topping $1.8 billion for the Flint assembly plant, including the $877 million for the paint and body shop. This latest investment completes the $5.4 billion investments that GM and the UAW announced at the end of April.