FLINT (WJRT) (11/26/2018) - A major restructuring at GM that involves laying off 14,000 workers and closing up to five plants won't immediately affect the sprawling Flint manufacturing facility.
GM plans to phase out most of its sedan models to instead focus on production of SUVs, pickup trucks and advanced vehicles, including self-driving automobiles.
Flint Assembly, which comprises most of the local plant, produces the popular Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. GM says sales of both remain strong and the company is focusing more on them.
Flint Engine Operations produces powertrains for the Chevrolet Volt and the Cruze, which are two of the cars GM is phasing out in 2019. There was concern Monday that the engine plant could lose work when the car models end.
However, GM North American Manufacturing and Labor Relations Communications member Kim Carpenter said there's no immediate impact planned at the engine facility.
Flint Engine Operations produces other products for the popular trucks and SUVs.