FLINT (WJRT) (02/05/19) - Just a day after GM confirmed the layoffs of thousands of workers across the country, they announced Tuesday that 1,000 of those employees will be reallocated to Flint.
General Motors President Mark Reuss shows off a new 2020 Silverado HD pickup truck.
"For us to be able to have a thousand new jobs come to Flint, I mean we're excited. We understand that there are other communities that are struggling because we've been there, we've been through it. But it's a good day for us here in the city," said Flint Mayor Karen Weaver.
GM President Mark Reuss said the city of Flint has a place in his heart and this jobs announcement shows GM is invested in the city's future.
"This is our oldest plant assembly line in GM and so when we made the first investments in the paint shop for this truck in 2013, I was here when we did that, and now the new body shop, which we are standing in right here. This is state of the art stuff and so we're committed to Flint," Reuss said.
The union jobs will be filled by workers coming from other assembly plants. UAW Local 598 Chairman Eric Welter said that means they will be ready to go to work on day one.
"They've got an opportunity to come here, have job security, have employment, take care of their families, invest in their life again. It is really a blessing for us, for sure," he said.
Weaver believes the jobs announcement is another step in Flint's comeback.
"That just speaks volumes for this community and it shows that we keep saying this is a comeback city and how we've been partnering with General Motors and working so closely with them and this shows its," Weaver said.