GM to build engine plant, close Buick City assembly facility Auto industry


FLINT, Mich. -- General Motors Corp. yesterday said it will build a $500 million engine plant in or near Flint, Mich., beginning next spring and close its Buick City car assembly plant in the third quarter of 1999.

The new engine plant would employ several hundred workers from the current Flint V8 engine plant at the Buick City complex. GM had previously said Flint V8 would close in 1999 or 2000.

The demise of the Buick City assembly plant, which makes Buick LeSabre and Pontiac Bonneville full-size cars, was expected because the plant hasn't been allocated a car model to build after 1999.

GM said that most of the 3,000 people who work at Buick City will be able to transfer to nearby GM facilities at full wages and benefits. Construction of the new plant will begin pending final approval from GM's boards.

Pub Date: 11/22/97

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