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GM ceases operations at Grand Blanc Weld Tool Center

A look inside the Grand Blanc facility. A look inside the Grand Blanc facility.

General Motors Co. says it's closing a Flint-area plant this summer and will offer its workers jobs at other plants.

The center's management team notified employees at the facility that it will cease current operations and consolidate existing and future operations to other GM facilities in the second quarter of 2013.

GM said the move will allow the company to transfer operations to other facilities in the U.S. with considerable cost savings.  

The plant employs 323 hourly and 28 salaried employees.

GM spokesman Tom Wickham says the plant's employees will receive offers of jobs at GM's Flint Tool and Die plant and Warren Tech Center in Michigan and the Parma Metal Center in Ohio.

A statement released Thursday continues, "As a result of the decision to consolidate operations, all UAW/GM employees who currently work at the site will be treated in accordance with applicable provisions in the UAW Local and National Agreements and the special memorandum of understanding that have been agreed upon by the UAW and GM."

The Grand Blanc plant started out making tanks in 1942 to support the USA's war effort. In 1957, the plant built body components under the Fisher Body nameplate. More recently, the plant began was used as a stamping facility within the Metal Fabrication Division.

Meanwhile, General Motors says it will invest $1.5 billion in its North American factories this year.

North American President Mark Reuss announced the figure in a speech Wednesday night but gave no details. The company says specific plants and job numbers will come later.

GM is revamping 70 percent of its U.S. models as it switches from the oldest lineup in the industry to the newest.

Reuss says the investment is in addition to the $10.2 billion GM already has spent on its factories since July of 2009. The company has added about 2,000 U.S. jobs since then.

GM recently unveiled new full-size pickup trucks, a completely redone Chevrolet Corvette and a Cadillac luxury version of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric car. It says more announcements are coming.

Copyright 2013 WNEM (Meredith Corporation).  All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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