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GM to invest $877M in Flint truck plant

by Drew Johnson

GM is updating its oldest plant in North America.

General Motors has announced plans to build a new body shop at its Flint Assembly plant. The investment, which will total $877 million, will also include updates to Flint Assembly's general production line.

The new body shop will be located close to the existing Flint Metal Center, which supplies sheet metal and other parts to the production facility. GM plans to break ground on the new body shop, which will cover 883,000 square feet, during the first half of 2016, with completion slated for sometime in 2018.

"This investment will allow us to use a more innovative approach to deliver material between two critical facilities, reducing handling and the time it takes to ship parts,” said Cathy Clegg, GM North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations vice president.

The Flint plant, GM's oldest in North America, produces heavy-duty versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Over the last few years GM has invested more than $2.5 billion into the facility, including $600 million for a new paint shop that will open next year.

The Flint plant first opened in 1947 and has produced more than 13 million vehicles over the years.

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