GM investing $79 million at Flint Assembly for new trim shop

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FLINT (WJRT) (10/12/2017) - General Motors announced a $79 million investment for a new trim shop at Flint Assembly on Thursday.

Flint Assembly Trim Shop

The facility will provide the plant increased flexibility to implement future programs, improve competitiveness and produce higher quality trucks, according to a press release.

The trim shop will be located within the new 365,000-square-foot building under construction on the west side of the plant.

“The new shop will provide a world-class working environment for our employees and will allow them to continue to build award winning trucks with segment leading quality well into the future,” said Michael Perez, plant manager of GM Flint Assembly.

The additional investment covers the installation of new conveyors and other technology, as well as improvements to the general assembly area inside the sprawling plant. Construction on the $79 million project already is under way.

Work stations on the trim line will be designed with a new skillet system that can change heights throughout the build process, improving worker safety and ergonomics.

GM has announced nearly $2 billion in investments for Flint Assembly since 2011, including $600 million for plant upgrades and a new standalone paint shop that opened in early 2016. The largest recent investment is the $877 million body shop, which has been under construction since 2016.

“GM continues to have confidence in our Local 598 members by providing investments to improve our operations. This proves that when we work together, we come up with solutions that are both good for GM and good for our members,” said Eric Welter, chairman of UAW Local 598.