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GM to announce multi-million dollar expansion in Flint

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(12/13/13) - General Motors will announce, Monday, plans for a multi-million dollar expansion in Flint.

The automaker could create new jobs.

In October, GM asked the city of Flint for a 50 percent tax abatement for a project at Flint Assembly.

They wouldn't say at that time exactly what they had planned, but ABC12 News has confirmed it will be a large paint shop.

The size of the paint shop would be massive - more than 800,000 square feet - and be attached to GM Flint Assembly on the north side of the plant.

GM had said it will spend $124 million on the paint shop, but one person close to the project has heard it could be more than $400 million.

Sources tell us 1,000 construction jobs could be created and new GM jobs might be added.

Groundbreaking is expected to take place in April and it could be the biggest construction project in Flint since Buick City was built in the 1980s.

A new paint facility could make the plant more efficient and able to turn out even more vehicles. Currently, the plant makes crew cab Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups and is transitioning to the 2014 model trucks.

About 2,800 people work at the plant.

In 2008, GM spent $4.5 million to automate the paint facility within the plant, but what GM will announce Monday will dwarf that.

The United Auto Workers are firmly behind the project. UAW Region 1-C director Norwood Jewell says the project will do wonders for Flint Assembly and its future. He says the two other GM facilities nearby will also benefit.

"You've got the engine plant, the metal fabrication plant and the truck plant. It's really good for that whole corner because there's some intertwining between the plants, things that they share," said Norwood Jewell, UAW Region 1-C director.

Gov. Snyder and GM Vice President Mark Reuss are expected to be on hand for Monday's announcement.

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