Friday, October 3, 2008

Engines from Flint

This is relatively old news, but still good news:

General Motors chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner has announced that the company will invest US$370 million in the U.S. to build a new manufacturing plant for its global four-cylinder engines in Flint, Michigan. The plant will begin production in 2010, and will be the exclusive manufacturing facility in North America to produce the Chevrolet Volt’s range-extending engine.

“GM, the UAW and the City of Flint have had a long-standing relationship,” Wagoner said. “Based on the capability and the commitment of the men and women who will work here, the tradition and leadership from UAW Local 599, the tremendous automotive heritage that underlies this region, and the strong partnerships we enjoy with local, state and federal governments, we are confident that Flint is exactly the right place to build our all-new powertrain plant.”


  1. This is definitely a step in the right direction. Love GM or hate GM, they could have put this plant anywhere.

    I believe Flint can once again be a great place to work and live. As easy as it is to lament what was, the future of our fair city lies in the hearts and minds of those who dream of what it can be.

    "The future lives in Flint!"

    What do you think?

  2. It's certainly better than the last slogan I saw at Bishop a few years back.

    "Flint, more cars than people"

  3. This won't replace the thousands of jobs lost, but every little bit helps. From what's been reported in the local media, aside from retaining jobs lost when GMPT Flint North closed, this factory could add up to three-hundred more. With that plus the possibility of Health Plus moving downtown, things are looking up.


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