Flint Assembly unveils heavy duty pickups

Chevy Silverado

If you are looking to haul and tow, look no further than your back yard.

The Flint Assembly Plant unveiled the latest, heavy-duty products to hit the lines next year.

But, Thursday's unveiling goes beyond the nuts and bolts of the shiny new vehicles. The economy also took center stage."

A shiny exterior and brand new design wowed Thursday's audience anxiously awaiting the reveal of the 2015 heavy duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.

"Complete redesign. If you look at everything from sheet metal to the interior in it and the option content is amazing and I think the market is going to react to that," said Barry Campbell, UAW 598 chairman.

GM invested $328 million in its oldest manufacturing site to prepare for the new line of vehicles.

The Flint Assembly Plant now employs 2,900 workers all ready to produce the heavy-duty pickups.

"It's nice to have them invest that kind of money in a plant and believe in the hourly work force here to build a great truck," said Robert Ellsworth, GM Launch Team.

"We are on a mission to bring as many team members in and build as much product in this facility as we can," said Flint Assembly Plant manager, Amy Farmer.

Good news for the plant is also welcome to the local community.

"Each of these jobs at Flint Truck Assembly support two additional jobs in Flint and Genesee County," said Tim Herman, CEO of the Flint and Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.

The vehicles, many say, are a symbol of Mid-Michigan's manufacturing comeback.

"Makes me proud. Makes me proud to see it. Drive down the road and see a happy customer driving one of our trucks," said hourly worker and Launch Team member, Michael Welch.

Production of the trucks is expected to begin next year.