GM to invest $21 million in Flint to produce light-duty crew cab pickups

General Motors has announced that it will invest more than $21 million at its Flint Assembly plant in Flint, Mich., to produce the 2011 Chevrolet light-duty crew cab pickups beginning mid-2010.

The sole producer of the heavy-duty crew cab Silverado and Sierra also produces heavy-duty regular cab versions of the two pickups. GM said that the $21-million investment in the Flint Assembly plant will include renovating the existing heavy-duty assembly process, new machinery, equipment and tooling to support the light-duty crew cab production in the plant.

“This investment in light-duty crew cab capability enhances Flint Assembly’s manufacturing flexibility and future competitiveness,” said Larry Zahner, GM Manufacturing manager. “The plant will now be able to produce both heavy-duty and light-duty trucks for General Motors Company on the same assembly line.”

Construction at the Flint plant is expected to begin in the fourth-quarter of 2009 and production is scheduled to begin in July 2010.

– By: Stephen Calogera