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Businesses receive boost thanks to new GM paint shop

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FLINT (WJRT) - (06/16/14) - The first steel beams went into the ground at General Motors' new paint shop at the Flint Assembly plant Monday morning - and along with that activity came the arrival of dozens of new faces.

"We have almost 100 people on site now, but by early to mid 2015, we're going to have 500 construction workers on this site," said Tom Wickham, GM communications manager.

GM has 16 outside contractors involved in the project.

"A number of them are local. Mid State Bolt and Screw, Modern Concrete, to name a few. It's pretty incredible when you think about the scope of this," Wickham said.

Modern Concrete is a Flint-based and a family-owned business, celebrating it's fiftieth year.

"We're pouring the perimeter walls, we're going to be pouring the floors. It's a year-long project," said Ron Lammy, owner of Modern Concrete.

Lammy expects to have around 20 of his people on the job. It's not the first time his business has provided support for GM.

"I was here in 1979. They did an addition on the truck plant north of this building, and it's been quite the career to be there then and then to be back here now," he said.

This new wave of construction has already made a big difference for businesses across the street from the plant - places like Khirfan's and the Capitol Coney Island.

"We're really excited about the extra business. We're getting a lot of to go orders. We've gone down there and given the guys already working some coneys to bring them in," said Tammy Ferguson, waitress at Capitol Coney Island.

While all of this is good news for the Capitol Coney's bottom line, it's also welcome relief for the servers and their families.

"Oh, for sure. We depend on tips, so the more people, the more money," Ferguson said.

The paint shop is expected to be up and running sometime in 2016.
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