Lear Corporation recently celebrated the grand opening of a new manufacturing seating facility at the Buick City campus in Flint, MI. The 156,000-square-foot facility will employ approximately 600 workers by the end of 2019, including more than 400 new hires. This facility will build seats for just-in-time delivery to the nearby General Motors Flint Assembly plant, as well as the General Motors Fort Wayne plant in Indiana.
“Flint is the definition of a community-driven city, fueled by dedicated people who are committed to making things happen,” said Ray Scott, Lear President and CEO. “I see the opening of this plant as a way to show appreciation for Flint and bring together some of the hardest-working people in Michigan, while producing innovative, highest-quality products for our customers.”
Lear’s Flint seating plant is the first major automotive supplier manufacturing facility constructed in Flint in more than 30 years. The new facility’s design focuses on building a high-performance work team structured organization and fostering employee engagement. Plant associates will be managing many aspects of their teams, from hiring to providing quality assurance to supporting their peers. The plant’s state-of-the-art conveyor system utilizes Lear’s proprietary LPS (Lear Production System), which monitors all key elements of the seat.
Waste and recycling efforts will ensure the facility is a zero waste to landfill. Additional elements that will further contribute to the plant’s environmentally friendly footprint include energy-efficient lighting and an area dedicated for green space—30-percent of the 33-plus acre site.
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