General Motors To Add 750 Jobs To Flint, Michigan Plant

For years, the great state of Michigan has been connected with the automakers and for the first time in a long time, that might a good thing. Ford is on the rebound, Chrysler is turning a corner and General Motors is adding 750 jobs to the city of Flint.

GM is expected to add 650 jobs and a third shift to its truck assembly plant in Flint, Michigan. Many believe that GM will draw from its massive pool of laid-off workers, a smart move by the company. General Motors will also pick those that are represented by the United Auto Workers, UAW.

The job opening is in Flint and it involves building light and heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. Now, what could be more American than that?

GM made the announcement at the plant, along side Michigan governor Rick Snyder. Currently, the automaker employs 2,100 workers at the Flint plant, but the demand for trucks has skyrocketed, despite high fuel prices, which has forced General Motors to bring in 750 new workers to the plant to help create the Silverado and the Sierra.

Although Flint, Michigan, is located about 70 miles northwest of Detroit, both cities have gone downhill together. According to the 2000 census, 26.4% of the population was under the poverty line and according to the FBI, Flint is in the top five for cities of at least 50,000 people for crime.

While GM won’t be able to help with the crime problem, an increase in jobs certainly won’t hurt the city. In the fourth quarter of last year, the automaker laid off 3,500 workers, so the pool in which to choose from its rather large.

Two months ago, General Motors announced a $163 million investment in a separate Flint production plant, as well as two others.

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