By Melissa Burden / The Detroit News
General Motors Co. plans next year to move some light-duty pickup production to the Flint Assembly Plant from its plant in Silao, Mexico, according to a memo from UAW Local 598 to membership.
“Pulling this work out of Mexico satisfies our customers that want vehicles built in the United States and allows Silao, which is located on a shipping port, to increase volume of other models that are easily exported around the world,” says a May 20 memo signed by UAW Local 598 shop chairman Eric Welter and UAW Local 598 President Ray Gorney.
The Flint truck plant employs about 2,800 workers on three shifts, including nearly 2,600 hourly workers.
A GM spokesman said the company is not confirming any production information or changes in the union memo. Officials from UAW Local 598 could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Flint plant builds heavy-duty versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra and light-duty Silverado pickups.