- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - General Motors Co. executives and city officials have turned out for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of a planned $600 million paint shop project at the Flint Assembly plant.

GM says the new shop will allow use of improved sealers and coatings that increase corrosion resistance. The automaker says the plant will send 90 percent less paint sludge to landfills, use 20 percent less natural gas and 40 percent less electricity.

Mayor Dayne Wayling said Monday that the project “is a powerful turning point” for his struggling community, devastated by the loss of tens of thousands of auto jobs over many decades.

The Flint Journal (http://bit.ly/1dUSCKH ) says construction on the 596,000-square-foot project starts in 2014’s second quarter, with the paint shop beginning operation in October 2016.

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Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint