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Truck production at Flint assembly up despite pandemic

Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 4:37 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - Since reopening late May, GM’s Flint assembly can’t seem to be making the GMC and Chevrolet Heavy Duty trucks fast enough.

“I am very very impressed and proud of what our members are doing. They are pumping out trucks like never before,” said UAW Region 1D Director Steve Dawes.

In fact, Dawes said the plant has been setting records for truck production recently. To give you an idea, over 1,000 trucks daily has been typical -- even in the midst of a global pandemic.

“1,000 trucks a day every day 6 days a week, and the 1,000 they’ll be putting out tomorrow and Friday -- somebody is already waiting to buy that truck,” Dawes added.

Thousands of workers come in and out of Flint assembly every day to help meet that surge in demand for the heavy duty trucks. That means there is an increased risk of someone contracting and spreading COVID-19. Dawes said Flint assembly has only had a handful of cases and they’ve happened outside the plant.

"They went the extra mile to make sure the people coming in that door, in that gate, come in in the most safe measures we can offer to them."

Traditionally, this time of year workers take vacations or decide to retire. Combine that with COVID-19 and several of GM’s truck and SUV plants are a little short handed, including Flint assembly.

That’s why around 100 laid off workers from other plants will be transferring to Flint.

“Some are coming from Tennessee, some are coming from Detroit-Hamtramck, Pontiac, where people have been laid off and have a right under the agreement to move.”

Some positive economic news, even in an uncertain economy.

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