General Motors plans to move its Metal Fabricating Division from Troy, Mich., to Flint, Mich., by early 2000. About 1,000 employees will be affected.
The Metal Fab employees will move into a location now occupied by GM employees working for Delphi Energy and Engine Management and the mid-sized and luxury-car group, who are scheduled to move to Warren, Mich.
The company also announced it will spend $10.9 million to make tooling changes at the Flint truck plant so it can start producing heavy-duty commercial trucks this fall.
The truck investment will increase neither capacity nor employment at the Flint plant, just the product mix.
GM spokesman Dan Flores said the $10.9 million investment will enable GM to shift some of the heavy-duty commercial truck chassis production from Janesville, Wis., to the Flint assembly plant, which currently builds Chevrolet and GMC full-sized regular cab, extended cab and Crew Cab pickups.
Janesville builds both heavy-duty and medium-duty commercial truck chassis. Flores said Janesville will continue to build the majority of the heavy-duty chassis, but he would not specify a production number. He said the transfer will enable the Janesville plant to build more medium-duty trucks, which the company needs.
The Flint truck plant will be the sole source of both the heavy-duty and medium-duty chassis by 2000. The company has already announced a $500 million investment for that expansion.
The two most recent announcements by GM will bring the total investment in Flint to about $1 billion by the end of the decade. In May, the Metal Fab Division announced a $300 million investment at a metal fabricating plant in that city.
'With engineering and manufacturing personnel working together in a single location, we can respond to the customer more quickly as a completely integrated team,' Joe Spielman, general manager of the division, said of the move to Flint.
The division's 14 facilities provide die and stamping components to GM plants throughout North America.