New facility to provide services to GM

FLINT TWP. — Construction of a new facility that provides “upfitting” services to the General Motors assembly plant is planned in Flint Township.

Ground Effects, which provides automotive accessories, plans to build a new 100,7450-squarefoot facility on a 25.18- acre site at the east side of Van Slyke Road, between West Bristol and West Hemphill roads. Completed vehicles will be driven from the GM assembly plant in Flint to the new facility, where various accessories will be installed, including spray-in bed liners in pickup trucks. Ground Effects will install fully automated and selfcontained spray booths Once the upfitting is completed, the vehicles will be driven back to the GM assembly plant for shipment.

Economic Enhancement Director Tracey Tucker said the $10.4 million project has received approval from the township Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. The company also held a meeting with area residents July 24 to address concerns the neighbors had raised, including lighting and drainage. The company plans to build a berm that will take care of the lighting, and the Genesee County Drain Commission has stated the drainage system being placed on the site will alleviate some issues. The Department of Environmental Quality has been contacted and is working with the developer on the wetland area. At this time, the wetlands are considered to be non-regulated.

Tucker said Ground Effects will be moving 275 jobs from its current facility at 3302 Kent St., Flint, and plans to add at last 75 jobs in the next year.

Ground Effects has applied for Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption certification, and the Flint Township Board of Trustees has set a public having for Nov. 18.

Officials for Ground Effects were not available for comment.