FLINT (WJRT) - (08/22/17) - A well-known automotive supplier has chosen to build a new plant in Flint. The move by Lear Corporation will create about 600 new jobs in the city.
The plant will be built at the site of the former Buick administration building. They'll be producing seats for Flint-built General Motors pickups.
The Michigan Strategic Fund approved a state grant worth up to $4.35 million to build a $29 million plant. Flint is offering a 50 percent property tax abatement.
"They chose Flint, Michigan over Mexico and that's great for the citizens of Flint and for everyone in Michigan. I'm very excited," said State Sen. Jim Ananich, (D) Flint.
Ground will be broken this fall on the south side of Hamilton Avenue for construction of a 100,000 square foot facility, and 435 new jobs will be created, with 165 Lear employees transferring to Flint.
"Having a well-respected-around-the-world company like Lear come into Flint is great news for this community," said Tim Herman, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce CEO.
It's hoped with Lear locating in Flint other companies will want to set up shop here.
"When they see one come, then others want to come and this really gives us leverage to make those kinds of things happen. It's really nice it's happening at the former Buick City site," said Karen Weaver, Flint mayor.
"I think we're going in the right direction. Having a company like Lear come into Flint is going to motivate other companies to look at us. It not only helps us in business, but helps the image of this community," Herman said.
If everything goes smoothly, the new plant should be up and running sometime in 2018.