General Motors has announced plans to invest $877 million into a new body shop for the assembly plant in Flint Michigan. The body shop will be located close to the Flint Metal Center, which according to GM supplies sheet metal and other parts used in the Chevrolet and GMC full-size pickups.

“This investment will allow us to use a more innovative approach to deliver material between two critical facilities, reducing handling and the time it takes to ship parts,” says GM’s North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations vice president, Cathy Clegg.

Flint Assembly is GM’s oldest North American plant. Opened in 1947, Flint Assembly is a popular attraction for pick-up customers interested in seeing their vehicles being built. Over the past few years Flint Assembly has received several upgrades. In 2011, GM announced a $1.8 billion investment in the plant that includes $600 million in upgrades and a newly built paint shop that is scheduled to open in 2016.

Work on the new body shop will begin the first half of 2016 and is expected to be completed in 2018.