General Motors’ oldest assembly plant in North America in Flint, MI, will undergo transformation in the coming years. GM officials have announced plans to invest US$877-million to build a new body shop for the assembly plant, locating it closer to the Flint Metal Center, which supplies sheet metal and other parts used in the Chevrolet and GMC full-size pickups produced in the assembly plant. Since 2011, GM has announced investments topping $1.8-billion for Flint Assembly. This includes $600-million for plant upgrades and a new standalone paint shop that is under construction and slated to open in 2016. Work on the 883,000-sq-ft body shop is expected to begin in the first half of 2016, with completion slated for 2018. The latest addition will also cover improvements to the general assembly area inside Flint Assembly, as well as retooling and the installation of new equipment at the plant. “This investment will allow us to use a more innovative approach to deliver material between two critical facilities, reducing handling and the time it takes to ship parts,” said Cathy Clegg, GM North America manufacturing and labor relations vice-president. Opened in 1947 as part of a post-World War II building boom by GM’s Flint Assembly has produced more than 13-million vehicles. The plant’s ‘View Builds,’ as they are called, allow customers to see their heavy-duty Silverados or heavy-duty Sierra trucks being assembled and roll off the line. When the new paint shop opens in 2016, trucks will be painted using a wet-coat process that results in a smoother, more durable finish. The new body shop will be constructed north of the Flint Metal Center, reducing transportation time and handling between facilities.