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GM opens new parts DC in Flint, Michigan

New facility triple the size of previous DC


August 8, 2019
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The 1.1 million-square-foot plant is triple the size of the facility that it is replacing. (Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors)

BURTON, Mich. — General Motors Co. has opened a new ACDelco and GM Genuine Parts processing center in the Flint, Michigan, suburb of Burton. The state-of-the-art facility will employ more than 800 hourly and salaried employees.

The 1.1 million-square-foot plant, located on 141 acres on Davison Road, is triple the size of the facility in Burton that it is replacing. The increased capacity allows for greater efficiency and output as employees unitize and package as many as 120 million service parts a year.

“We have had tremendous support from the City of Burton, including Mayor Paula Zelenko and the city council, UAW Local 651, the project management team at NorthPoint Development and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. to take this facility from concept to reality,” said Barry Engle, GM executive vice-president and president, the Americas. “We are very grateful for this opportunity to expand, grow and contribute to the Burton community.”

GM and its general contractor NorthPoint Development broke ground on the new site in June 2018, and GM shipped its first outbound delivery in June 2019.

An average of 100 inbound deliveries and 55 outbound deliveries are expected each day. The facility has 84 shipping and receiving docks, up from 35 at the previous site.

During the grand opening event, the company announced $130,000 in new grants to seven local nonprofits: Boy Scouts Water & Woods Field Service Council; Communities First, Inc.; Flint River Watershed Coalition; Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan; Kettering FIRST Robotics; Neighborhood Engagement Hub; and STEMletics. GM has awarded more than $5.6 million to Flint-area nonprofits since 2017.