Officials with General Motors say the automaker will invest more than $1 billion to help produce heavy-duty trucks in Flint, Mich.
According to Reuters, the investment includes $579 million to re-tool and expand the Flint Assembly plant where workers will build the latest gasoline and diesel-powered heavy-duty pickup trucks. The rest of the investment funds improvements at the Flint Metal Center.
GM said it will spend $579 million at its Flint Engine Operations to produce a sixth generation of its small block V-8 combustion engine. Another $103.5 million will be spent upgrading a separate Flint facility that supports truck production.
“When business is booming as it has been for the past decade — due to the hard work of UAW members — the company should continue to invest in its workforce,” Mike Booth, UAW vice president dealing with GM, said in a statement about the Flint investments.
The move is despite GM’s pledge to shift to an all-electric vehicle lineup by 2035. But right now the automakers’ pickups are proving extremely profitable.
Last year, sales of the trucks reportedly rose nearly 40% compared to the year prior.