FLINT (WJRT) – (08/11/2018) – The $29 million plant is finally open for business.
Over 600 people will be employed by the first major auto supplier manufacturing facility in 30 years when production is up and running.
“This facility and this team we want to be inspiration to bring manufacturing back to Flint and that really sets the bar high,” said Tim Reedy, Lear’s Flint Plant Manager. “It really takes that world class mentality to do it, and we have the people here.”
Lear Corporation’s Flint Plant held its opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday afternoon. They invited visitors on a tour of the 156,000 square foot plant.
Lear Corp. President and CEO, Ray Scott was so proud to see the work they were able to accomplish.
“We have the best employees in the world and just 300 days ago we were literally with shovels digging dirt right here,” said Scott. “And now look at this facility that’s up and running. It’s because we have the most talent, the best talent to do these types of things.”
The Southfield-based company built the new facility on 33 acres of the old Buick City on Hamilton Avenue. But to the city and residents of Flint, it’s more than just a new building.
“This isn’t just a job, we want to build legacies,” said Reedy. “I want these guys 20 years from now when someone’s driving by, they knew they were a part of this.”
Kevin Burdick, a local artist, painted a mural of the History of Flint on a wall. Each employee will walk past on their way into work. The opportunity held a special meaning to his family.
“My grandfather was an engineer at the original Buick City,” said Burdick. “So being able to do artwork on site where the old Buick City used to be is kind of cool.”
The new facility will produce seats for trucks from the GM Flint Truck Assembly Plant.