GM says it will add third-shift in Flint
The shift is expected to start in the third quarter with employees starting to arrive in the second quarter.
"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 important, it brings jobs and a needed economic boost to the Flint area."
Flint Assembly now employs nearly 2,100 hourly and salaried employees and operates two production shifts.
In 2010, the plant produced 115,000 trucks, the majority of them regular and crew-cab versions of the heavy-duty Silverado and Sierra. Last year, the plant added production of regular and crew-cab version of the light-duty Silverado.
The automaker said initial openings would be filled by recalled laid off Flint Assembly employees now working at other facilities, primarily in Lansing. Laid-off employees in the area, including those from Orion, Willow Run and Warren in accordance with the UAW-GM National Agreement, will fill remaining openings.
No new employees are expected to be hired.