GM confirmed it will invest $215 million in its Flint Engine plant, keeping the 961 jobs there.
The investment will be made as the automaker prepares for the production of the new Ecotec gas engine, which is part of the three- and four-cylinder engine family featuring engine displacement ranging from 1.0 to 1.5 liters. Part of the money will also be spent to add new equipment for the V6 engine the plant already manufactures.
After GM announced in July it will close the Grand Blanc Weld Tool Center on Saginaw Road, the Flint East on Robert T. Longway Boulevard and eliminate the third shift at the Flint Engine beginning with April, this investment came as an unexpected salvation. Flint Mayor Dayne Walling sees this investment as encouraging and a promise that GM will keep serving as the city’s largest employer.
“The global auto industry is more competitive and diverse than ever, so there are going to continue to be changes, but every time General Motors makes a major capital investment here is a sign that they are going to bring major employment along with that,” Walling said.
The Flint Engine has 122 salary workers and 839 hourly employees and last year the estimated combined payroll was $47 million, $10 of it paid in payroll taxes. The plant manufactures the V6 engine for the Cadillac CTS, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave.