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General Motors to invest more than one billion in Flint truck manufacturing sites

General Motors points out its recent announcement brings its total investments in U.S. manufacturing to a total of tens of billions in the US since 2013

General Motors has this week announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in two of its Flint, Michigan, manufacturing sites – Flint Assembly and Flint Metal Center – to prepare those plants for production of the next-generation internal combustion engine (ICE) heavy-duty (HD) trucks.

GM says the investment will enable the company to strengthen its industry-leading full-size truck business.

“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,” Gerald Johnson, executive vice president, Global Manufacturing and Sustainability says.

“These investments reflect our commitment to our loyal truck customers and the efforts of the dedicated employees of Flint Assembly and Flint Metal Centre.”

GM says the investment bolsters its U.S. manufacturing operations, which include more than 50 assembly, stamping, propulsion and component plants and parts distribution centres nationwide. It says it also highlights the company’s commitment to continue providing customers a strong portfolio of ICE vehicles for years to come.

In 2022, GM achieved a 38 per cent year-over-year increase in HD pickup sales with nearly 288,000 trucks sold. Additionally, the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado HD was the best-selling retail full-size HD pickup.

Details of the announcements include investments in two separate production sites, see details below:

  • Flint Assembly – GM will invest $788 million to prepare the plant to assemble GM’s next-generation ICE HD trucks. Plant updates will include a body shop building expansion, general assembly conveyor expansion, and new tooling and equipment.
  • Flint Metal Center – GM will invest $233 million for new stamping dies to support production of GM’s next-generation ICE HD trucks, as well as press refurbishments and new equipment.

“When business is booming as it has been for the past decade — due to the hard work of UAW members — the company should continue to invest in its workforce,” Mike Booth, UAW vice president, GM department says.

“It is good to see that GM recognizes the hard work you, the UAW membership, contribute to the success of this company. We are proud that UAW-GM members will continue to build quality, union-made products here in the USA.”

GM has also announced more than $1.7 billion in investments for Flint-area operations in 2023, including $579 million in Flint Engine Operations for sixth-generation Small Block V-8 engine production and $103.5 million in Davison Road Processing Center for technology upgrades to improve workplace safety and ergonomics. 

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