‘500 Million Thanks’ allows visitors to explore GM Flint facility during Back … – MLive.com

Posted: Saturday, August 08, 2015

FLINT, MI – As Back to the Bricks starts moving through the Flint-area, General Motors is preparing for an event to bring car-enthusiasts to Flint Assembly.

While the event has happened in the past, this year is special as GM celebrates 500 million vehicles rolling off assembly lines since the company’s founding in 1908.

Called “500 Million Thanks,” GM will welcome the public to an open house at Flint Assembly from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 11.

GM Spokesman Tom Wickham said the company wants to give area-residents a look into what happens during at Flint Assembly.

Since opening in 1947, Flint Assembly specifically has produced more than 13 million vehicles and currently builds the Chevrolet Silverado LD and HD and the GMC Sierra HD.

“This year, we have a bit of a special theme for this event, a milestone that we think is pretty incredible. GM has surpassed more than 500 million GM-branded vehicles produced since 1908,” said Amy Farmer, Flint Assembly plant manager, during an event in May to announce “500 Million Thanks.” “The Flint operations over the years have contributed greatly to that accomplishment.”

Plant tours will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 11, with events going on outside the plant until 5 p.m.

UAW Region 1-D is making a UAW Sit-Down Strike Memorial available for tour, as 2015 is the 79th anniversary of the event.

Outdoor activities include demonstrations by the Pawbusters fly ball dog team and bat shows by the Bat Zone.

While they are expecting several thousand visitors, parking will be available at the north end of the facility as well as public transportation will be available to the event.

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