DETROIT -- General Motors plans to add a third shift at Flint Assembly, generating 750 jobs for the plant that makes GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado heavy-duty pickups, the company said Monday.
"Adding a third shift is a response to customer demand for heavy-duty pickups, which most people use to tow, haul and plow," said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. "Equally importantly, it brings jobs and a needed economic boost to the Flint area."
The shift is expected to start after September with employees starting to arrive between March and July. Flint Assembly now employs 2,100 people with two production shifts. Last year, the plant produced 115,000 trucks, most of them regular and crew-cab versions of the heavy-duty Silverado and Sierra.
Flint Assembly Plant Manager Amy Farmer said, "The support of the UAW, its members and leaders was instrumental in making the heavy-duty truck the critical favorite when compared to trucks offered by our competitors."
The Silverado HD recently was named the 2011 Motor Trend Truck of the Year.
"I want to thank the Local 598 members for their hard work in building the best pickups on the road," said UAW Local 598 Chairman Dana Rouse. "Adding the third shift allows us to call back some former Flint Assembly workers and provide employment for others who have been laid off."
A second and third wave of employees are to arrive in the third quarter. Initial openings will be filled by recalled laid-off Flint Assembly employees and other plants, primarily in Lansing. Remaining openings will be filled by laid-off employees in the area, including those from Orion, Willow Run and Warren in accordance with the UAW GM National Agreement. No new employees were expected to be hired.