General Motors to invest $600M at Flint Assembly Plant

It's the announcement Matt Brannon's been waiting for.

"Common knowledge is that (for the) longevity of this facility, we need a new paint shop,â?? says Brannon who has worked for GM for 13 years.

The Davison resident is now breathing a little easier.

â??It's amazing news, it's good for us here in Flint Assembly,â?? says Brannon.

Also good for surrounding businesses who are cashing in on the trickle down effect.

"Something that we've been waiting for, for a long time,â?? says Brad Khrifan. â??Everything's been on the decline for quite a few years. We haven't seen new jobs come to our area,â?? adds Khirfan who co-owns the party store across the street from Flint Assembly.

â??Very confident we will gain new jobs out of a paint facility,â?? says Barry Campbell, chairman of U.A.W. Local 598.

The 596,000 square foot facility will ensure Flint Assembly's place in the future with the development of a fresh paint process.

â??That investment, like I say, will do wonders for the trucks and the paint quality but also I think it's a sign of some pretty high confidence from the company and the country on what Flint can do,â?? says Mark Reuss, President of GM North America.

Itâ??s confidence Flint Assembly workers are already showing.

â??Our paint process is going to take a step up with this new paint department which is going to give us longevity,â?? says Brannon. â??Itâ??s huge, very important,â?? he adds.

GM officials say construction will begin in the second quarter of 2014 with full production to begin in the third quarter of 2016.