General Motors has announced that it will invest $328 million in its Flint, Michigan assembly plant to produce its next-generation GMC and Chevrolet full-size pickup trucks. Those trucks are currently manufactured in Silao, Mexico, and were built in Oshawa, Canada before that. The Flint Assembly Plant already builds the heavy-duty versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, and adding the light-duty pickups to the mix will put all of GM's trucks under one roof.

The investment is part of a $2 billion plan that the automaker says will create or retain 4,000 jobs across 17 facilities over the next year and a half. Flint will enjoy around 150 of those positions.

GM has seen its share of the full-size pickup truck market increase from 37.7 percent in the first five months of last year to 40.4 percent over the same period of time in 2011. The next-generation Silverado and Sierra are slated to hit the market in 2013, complete with better fuel economy. Hit the jump for the press release.
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GM Invests $328 Million in Flint Assembly Plant

Investment supports next-generation full-size pickups and creates or retains 150 jobs

2011-07-18

FLINT, Mich. – General Motors will invest $328 million to prepare its plant in Flint, Mich. to build the next generation of Chevrolet and GMC full-size pickup trucks, creating or retaining 150 jobs.

The plant, which currently has 2,047 employees, builds the hot-selling heavy-duty versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Sales of the new-for-2011 trucks have led to an additional 2.4 percentage points of market share (through May), bringing GM's total HD share to 36 percent.

"This investment will allow us to continue building award-winning full-size pickups that offer better fuel efficiency than ever before without sacrificing features and functionality," said Cathy Clegg, GM vice president of Labor Relations. "We remain committed to providing customers the utility and capability of our world-class full-size pickups."

GM's retail share of the full-size pickup market has grown to 40.4 percent through May compared with 37.7 percent in the first five months of 2010.

"Truck sales play an important role in the success of General Motors," said Joe Ashton, UAW-GM Vice President. "We are confident that the next-generation of trucks will continue to be an important source of revenue for the company and jobs for our members. Our members are ready to use their abundant talents to build high-quality trucks that deliver exceptional value to our customers."

The investment announced Monday is part of $2 billion GM is spending that will create or retain about 4,000 jobs in 17 facilities in eight states over the next 18 months.

Michigan has been a major beneficiary in the current round of investments, designated for $744 million. The Flint Engine, Bay City Powertrain, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, Lansing Grand River Assembly, Saginaw Powertrain and GM Components Holdings in Wyoming, Mich., all were designated for manufacturing investment along with a $130 million Data Center on its Warren, Mich. Technical Center campus.


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      The Other Bob
      • 4 Years Ago
      I article isn't completely correct. The investment of $328 million is for the next generation, but the article does not state that some of the light duty production moved to Flint in the last year. I recently saw a 1500 Crew Cab with a sticker that indicated it was made in Flint.
      rmkensington
      • 4 Years Ago
      Werent they just saying a few days ago that pickup truck sales were really falling???
        DrEvil
        • 4 Years Ago
        @rmkensington
        So, Oh wise one, are you recommending that they get out of the pick up business all together? Here are June 2011 sales numbers for Ford & GM in the Pickup business. Ford - 49,618 Chevy Silverado - 32,579 GMC Sierra - 12,377 Plus GM has this little side business, making SUV off this pickup platform. Cadillac Escalade - 1,676 GMC Yukon - 4,540 Chevy Suburban - 3,354 Chevy Tahoe - 5,476 These are the numbers in the teeth of $4+ gasoline.
      texmln
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is good news... anything to keep those dropout flunkies up there in Michigan so they stop moving to my state is a huge benefit. Of course, GM trucks will see a huge decline in quality after they move from Silao but I've bought my last GM product anyway. Let the Teamsters buy 'em!
      Robert Kyle
      • 4 Years Ago
      THis is good news! Of course the right-wing haters hate any good news of American jobs being created by GM.
        caddy-v
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Robert Kyle
        Stuffit, liberal loon, you have no idea what the right wing likes or dislikes and you'd never understand it even if it were writen on the back of a welfare check.
          darkness
          • 4 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
          You hate unions, middle class jobs, you like wars protecting rich people and oil.
          TelegramSam
          • 4 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
          Caddy-v, I understand your frustration. It's hard being a white middle class male. You drop your seed in a lady, just to see it pulled back out by some arrogant doctor. A black person may disrespect you, by looking you right in the eye and when you beat him up, they arrest you, now. The gall.
          bachmannistoast
          • 4 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
          OH come off it caddy-v, there are plenty on the right who cheer the closing of American plants if it means that union workers will be out of a job. I have seen plenty of self-proclaimed righties on this site state that it would be better to have factories in Mexico than in the USA if the plant was union.
          dukeisduke
          • 4 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
          Oh yeah, darkness, wasn't it awesome how gas prices dropped down the 25 cents a gallon after we stole all the oil from the Iraqis? Oh, that's right, it didn't, because we didn't get their oil. Idjit.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      Frederick Simmons
      • 4 Years Ago
      I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, PennyTop.com
        guyverfanboy
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Frederick Simmons
        That has absolutely nothing to do with trucks AT ALL. Go away spammer!
        J P
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Frederick Simmons
        The previous message was sponsored by Frederick Simmons Midnight Electronics - "Home of the 5-finger discount..." Their prices are HOT! And so is their merchandise!
      marcosc
      • 4 Years Ago
      Break out the beer coolers and smokes...
      Mike
      • 4 Years Ago
      What ever happened to uniforms and the look of professionalism? Doesn't exactly build confidence seeing a factory worker wearing his big dog shirt and lack of safety goggles or gloves
        Bruno Nekic
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Anytime I see a picture from inside a GM, Ford, Chrysler plant they are dressed like slobs, not surprising.
          darkness
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Bruno Nekic
          A tshirt and shorts in a hot plant is being a slob?
      karknut
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here is a break down of current production by factory - According to GM SILVERADO / SIERRA: C/K10703, C/K10903, C/K10753, C/K10953, C/K20753, C/K20953, C/K30953 Fort Wayne C/K10543 Silao (Mex.) C/K20743, C/K20943, C/K30743, C/K30943, C/K31043, C/K20903, C/K30903, C/K31003, C/K31403 Flint
        • 4 Years Ago
        @karknut
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      Pete K
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm pretty certain that crew cab light duty trucks are currently made in Flint, MI...
        Steve
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Pete K
        all 1/2 ton crew cabs are made in mexico currently...3 at the beginning of the VIN designates Mexico...2 Canada and 1 USA
      richard
      • 4 Years Ago
      My `09 GMC 2500HD was made in Flint, it appears they take a lot of pride in their work.
      Pat Hughes
      • 4 Years Ago
      and hopefully, Fort Wayne Assembly won't be Screwed Over like Janesville, WI (and Spring Hill, TN) were.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Pat Hughes
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