General Motors Co. (GM) announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in two of its Flint manufacturing sites. The Michigan sites – Flint Assembly and Flint Metal Centre – are predicted to receive the investment in order to prepare the plants for the production of next-gen internal combustion engine (ICE) heavy-duty trucks.

The large sum will enable the company to strengthen its industry-leading truck business and brings GM’s U.S. manufacturing and parts distribution facility investment to more than $30.5 billion. GM’s U.S. manufacturing operations includes more than 50 plants and parts distribution centres worldwide. The investment will only bolster the company’s commitment to providing a strong portfolio of ICE vehicles in the future.

As part of the investment, Flint Assembly will receive $788 million of the sum to update the plant with a body shop building expansion, general assembly conveyor expansion, and new tooling and equipment. Flint Metal Centre will receive $233 million for new stamping dies to support production of GM’s next-generation ICE HD trucks, as well as press refurbishments and new equipment.

Mike Booth, UAW vice president of GM department, said:

“When business is booming as it has been for the past decade — due to the hard work of UAW members — the company should continue to invest in its workforce. It is good to see that GM recognises the hard work you, the UAW membership, contribute to the success of this company. We are proud that UAW-GM members will continue to build quality, union-made products here in the USA.”