UPDATE: Flint Assembly workers updated on 3rd shift and possible paint facility
Mon, 24 Jan 2011 21:20:21 GMT —
Update: Feb 15, 2011 5:20PM - Flint Assembly and UAW Local 598 officials met with first and second shift workers Tuesday to discuss the third shift phase-in as well as the possiblity of a possible new paint pre-treatment facility and enhancements to the Flint Assembly paint operations.
Plant Communications Manager Tom Wickham released a statement Tuesday afternoon that said it was too early to go into details of the possible changes to the paint operations or proposed facility.
In January, GM announced it was adding a third shift to the Flint Assembly that would require 750 additional workers.
Original Story 1/24/2011- Hundreds of General Motors jobs are coming back to its birthplace, Flint.
The announcement of a third shift comes less than a week after Flint Assembly celebrated the Motor Trend Truck of the Year award.
Now, it's celebrating not only the product, but the addition of more people.
The shift will require 750 additional workers.
"There's more to come. This is good news. We're not stopping yet," says Dana Rouse, UAW Local 598 Chairman.
The increased production comes with the higher demand for commercial trucks thanks in part to a rebounding construction market.
Rouse says, "That means security. That means people are loving our trucks. People really want our trucks, and they're Flint-built. This is the birthplace of General Motors. There's no town like Flint, Michigan."
There will be no new hires.
The new jobs will be call backs of laid off workers, which will begin in the second quarter of this year with the production going online in the third quarter.
Flint Mayor Dayne Walling says, "The benefits of the new jobs will multiply across Flint and MidMichigan by creating more opportunities for our local businesses and improving the lives of thousands of families."
Congressman Dale Kildee says, "This is an exciting day for the Flint community and is further proof that GM is well-positioned to once again be the economic engine that drives the American economy."
State Representative Jim Ananich says, "This announcement is a testament to the hardworking, skilled men and women of this community, as well as the commitment of General Motors to our area."
The new shift will work on all the products produced by the plant.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder also attended Friday's announcement.