GM Flint Assembly: 13 Million & Still Going

Although Flint, Michigan, pretty much seemed to be a place of desperation and depredation based on Michael Moore's film Roger & Me, and while the city has certainly had the proverbial tough row to hoe in the past several years, last week a notable event happened at the General Motors Flint Assembly Plant: Yes, not only do they still build vehicles there, but on Thursday, September 30, at 10:45 am, the 13th million vehicle rolled off the line.

Although Flint, Michigan, pretty much seemed to be a place of desperation and depredation based on Michael Moore's film Roger & Me, and while the city has certainly had the proverbial tough row to hoe in the past several years, last week a notable event happened at the General Motors Flint Assembly Plant:

Yes, not only do they still build vehicles there, but on Thursday, September 30, at 10:45 am, the 13th million vehicle rolled off the line.

The vehicle in question was a 2011 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD.

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The plant was opened in 1947. It started life as Fisher Body Div. Plant that was dedicated to building Chevy cars. The cars that rolled off the line included Bel Airs, Impalas, and Monte Carlos, some 4 million in all, the likes of which are now seen primarily at venues like the Woodward Dream Cruise.

One interesting note is that there were actually 300 1953 Corvettes built in a facility on the north side of the complex.

After producing 4 million cars, the plant was converted to producing trucks, among them the Chevy Fleetside pickups and Chevrolet and GMC Suburbans.

Yes, they're still productively producing in Flint.