FLINT (WJRT) (6/12/2019) - General Motors President Mark Reuss confirmed speculation that the automaker will invest another $150 million to boost production of heavy duty pickup trucks at Flint Assembly.
GM President Mark Reuss announces a $150 million investment in the Flint Assembly plant to boost production of heavy duty pickup trucks.
Reuss made the announcement on the plant floor Wednesday.
The investment will help the plant manufacture 40,000 more Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickup trucks, which have steadily growing demand.
"We have been running flat out for five years straight trying to produce as many trucks as we can," Reuss said during a press conference in the plant on Wednesday.
The first redesigned 2020 Silverado and Sierra models are being shipped from the plant and should arrive on dealers' lots beginning Monday.
The models are the first with an all-new look.
Reuss previously was in Flint on Feb. 5, when he announced the plant would receive 1,000 relocated jobs from now-closed GM plants.
Those workers have relocated to the Flint-area and started their new jobs on June 3.
Reuss said he is committed to the city of Flint.
"We are getting ready for Back to the Bricks, so I'll see all my friends with Back to the Bricks," Reuss said. "We are committed here for the long term. These are not short-term investments, paint jobs and expansion of capacity are long term investments, so we are committed."
Flint Assembly is now GM's largest facility with more than 5,000 hourly and salary jobs. Reuss said GM has invested $1.6 billion in Flint since 2013, as popularity of its pickup trucks grows.
United Auto Workers Local 598 Chairman Eric Welter is happy to see the renewed commitment to Flint with the latest investments.
"For a long time we certainly could argue that GM had no commitment to Flint. But certainly with Mark's leadership, they're reinvesting in the Flint community and this site in particular," he said. "Really the whole complex has had a lot of investments in the last few years to keep a footprint here in Flint. I think, seeing it's the birthplace of both the UAW and General Motors, it's an important place to keep a footprint."