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GM makes new investment in Swartz Creek facility

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SWARTZ CREEK (WJRT) - (05/15/14) - For years, the former GM SPO facility in Swartz Creek has been considered an eyesore.

Now, the automaker will spend $10 million to improve the appearance and make other upgrades.

It's now known as GM Flint Processing Center, a part of Customer Care and Aftersales. The 56-year-old facility is scheduled for a big makeover.

Workers have already started tearing down part of the administration building. Eventually, the main entrance will be moved and a new facade will be added.

It's meant to look like something you might see on a college campus.

The warehouse, where thousands of GM spare parts are stored, will be upgraded, as will the paint facilities.

Ninety truck trailers full of GM collision replacement parts arrive there every day, and 10 rail cars are unloaded.

All that material is eventually distributed to GM dealers and repair facilities.

Currently 350 GM employees work on the site along with several contract workers. Employment levels aren't expected to increase much during the next few months, but that could change after the work is finished by December.

"Maybe not right now, today, but eventually we're going to grow the membership. With all this investment for the future and currently it does nothing but add to this facility," said David Perina, UAW Local 659 shop chairman.

"This is big for General Motors. This is big for the facility. It's a transition from the old administration building, ut a lot of new investments like the new security office, nurses office, the IT upgrades," said Robert Gaydos, Flint Processing Center plant manager.

"GM recognizes the accomplishment of the Flint teams. We're proud to make this investment today in order to help us better take care of our customers while at the same time strengthen our relationship with the Swartz Creek and Flint surrounding communities," said Vincent Faletti, GM Processing Center director.

The mayor of Swartz Creek says he's glad to hear improvements are coming.

"It will be a much better impression now as people come down Miller Road and see the new face on the GM plant," said Mayor Dave Krueger.
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