Fresh investment from GM in Flint leaves local dealers, customers excited

Published: Jun. 12, 2019 at 11:19 PM EDT
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(06/12/2019) - A huge investment in Flint workers and our community.

GM's announcement that it plans to invest $150 million in the Flint Assembly plant to build more heavy duty pickup trucks is going over well with at least one local car dealership and a loyal customer.

One thousand new jobs have been added to the Flint plant to fuel all that growth.

"The excitement and the commitment to quality, the motivation is right at the core of each and everyone of our employees," said GM President Mark Reuss.

He reiterated his company's commitment to Flint and its workforce during Wednesday's visit.

"We're boosting production by 40,000 trucks because we have invested more than $1.6 billion in the plant since 2013," Reuss said.

The $150 million investment at the assembly plant announced on Wednesday will help Flint produce the newly designed 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD.

Applegate Chevrolet expects to receive its first redesigned 2020 Silverados in the next couple weeks.

"They're currently in the system right now," said Daniel George. "They're not built yet and we do plan on ordering plenty more as the year goes on."

UAW Local 598 Chairman Eric Welter said he's encouraged by the latest turn of events.

"We certainly could argue for a long time GM had no commitment to Flint," he said. "But certainly with Mark's leadership they're re-investing in the Flint community and this site in particular."

Flint native Ronald Peaks, who just purchased his 2019 Silverado three weeks ago and whose father retired from GM, is excited about the prospect of the HD trucks being built in Flint.

"Been some difficult times, but Flint is on the rebound," he said.

GM's commitment to Flint includes the community. Reuss said they took part in Wednesday's groundbreaking for the new Sloan Museum of Discovery, which he says they're helping fund.

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