Flint Truck Assembly

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Flint Truck Assembly is an automobile factory operated by General Motors in Flint, Michigan. It is the city's only main plant after the closure of Buick City. The Flint factory produces full-size GM pickup trucks.

History[edit]

The first factory location was in Flint, Michigan at the corner of Wilcox (now Chevrolet Avenue) and Kearsley Street, now known as "Chevy Commons",[1] along the Flint River, across the street from Kettering University.

The plant, at G 3100 Vanslyke Road, was built in 1947.[2]

In 1953 the first 300 Chevrolet Corvettes were hand built here before production was moved to St. Louis in 1954.

Production was split between Fisher Body and Chevrolet. The Fisher operations were halted on June 24, 1970, with the entire factory turned over to Chevrolet.

For much of the 1970s, Flint was home to the large Chevrolet K5 Blazer and Chevrolet Suburban, with pickup truck production moved to Pontiac Assembly Center in Pontiac, Michigan in May 1987.

On August 31, 1991, production of the large SUVs was moved to Janesville Assembly in Wisconsin. All laid-off workers returned to the plant on August 10, 1992 as production began. After the closure of Lordstown Van Assembly in 1993, Flint began to produce the former Lordstown Vans. The full-size van division was moved to Wentzville Assembly in Missouri in July, 1996, but a new product, the GMT480, began at Flint the previous year. The large commercial General Motors C/K trucks began production in 1997.

The factory's previous product, the GMT900-based trucks, began in February 2007. The factory also produced GM medium-duty trucks, which were phased out in 2009 after GM discontinued that division.[3] In 2010, GM produced the light duty crew cab pickups here.[4] In May 2013, GM began production on the successor to the GMT 900 platform series, the GMT K2XX, for its next generation of light duty crew cab trucks for the 2014 model year.

In May 2016, General Motors invested $900 million for an addition to the Flint Truck Assembly complex. GM has spent an additional $2.8 billion on the complex since 2009.[5]

On October 12, 2017, GM announced it would invest $79 million to bring a new trim shop to the complex.[6]

Chevrolet Assembly (pre-General Motors Assembly Division circa 1965)[edit]

Plants operated under Chevrolet Assembly management prior to General Motors Assembly Division management (most established pre-1945). Additional Chevrolet Assembly plants were located at Buffalo, New York and Oakland, California. Framingham, Massachusetts is unusual in that it changed from Buick-Oldsmobile-Pontiac Assembly management to Chevy management prior to becoming GMAD.

The terminology is confusing because most plants assembled more than just Chevrolet or B-O-P, and refers to the management structure only. The five brands originated vehicles from their respective "home" plants, where vehicles were assembled locally for their respective regions. Vehicles were also produced in "knock-down" kits and sent to the branch assembly locations. The "home" branches were Flint, Michigan for both Buick and Chevrolet; Oldsmobile at Lansing, Michigan; Pontiac at Pontiac, Michigan; and Cadillac at Detroit, Michigan.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ At coordinates 43°00′31″N 83°42′36″W / 43.0086339°N 83.7099114°W / 43.0086339; -83.7099114 (Chevy Commons)
  2. ^ "Flint Assembly". GM Corporate Newsroom. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  3. ^ "GM Shuts Down Line At Flint Truck For Good". WNEM-TV. July 31, 2009. Archived from the original on August 2, 2009. Retrieved November 20, 2009.
  4. ^ Feick, Joel (September 21, 2009). "Flint Assembly gets GM light-duty truck work". ABC 12 News. Archived from the original on February 14, 2010. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Adams, Dominic (May 11, 2016). "GM says new body shop will allow more truck production at Flint Assembly". The Flint Journal. Retrieved December 9, 2018 – via MLive.com.
  6. ^ Acosta, Roberto (October 12, 2017). "General Motors invests $79M for new trim shop at Flint Assembly plant". The Flint Journal. Retrieved December 9, 2018 – via MLive.com.
  7. ^ Hayward, David (April 22, 2007). "Fisher Body Plants Short History". Vintage Chevrolet Club of America Forum. Archived from the original on July 5, 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2018.

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Coordinates: 42°59′6.39″N 83°43′0.74″W / 42.9851083°N 83.7168722°W / 42.9851083; -83.7168722