GM building new $79 million dollar addition to Flint Assembly
FLINT, Mich. -- General Motors says construction is already underway on the new trim shop, which a UAW official described as a place where the interiors are assembled.
UAW Local 598 President Ryan Buchalski says, "It's going to maintain our membership. What that is is job security. And when you look at a city with Flint's history it's good news, it's a great story. Not just for us but for the whole community that we live in."
This plant first opened in 1947 and with these latest improvements, it's almost like they built a whole new plant here.
More than 3,000 union employees work here and another 300 salaried, so it's definitely the largest employer in the city.
Buchalski says, "We make the GMC Sierra and the Chevy Silverado, the heavy-duty crew cabs, a lot of that is for commercial. (but) a lot of people need those trucks. But you get a lot of people that love the truck."
This comes on the heels of a new paint shop and body shop here at the plant.
Since 2011, GM has invested more than 2 billion dollars in this site.
Buchalski says, "For us to still be here with the oldest running conveyor and these newest investments ...it's just remarkable to think about."
A GM spokeswoman says the new trim shop, which should be complete next year, will add no new jobs.
Union leaders say it will allow them to run more jobs per hour ensuring a bright future at what was an old plant.