Nearly 500 GM hourly employees volunteer to transfer to Flint

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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) -- Hundreds of hourly employees impacted by General Motors' November announcement to idle up to five plants, including two in the Detroit area, will now be transferring to Flint Assembly, according to GM.

The auto manufacturer said 409 employees from Detroit/Hamtramck and 82 employees from Lordstown, Ohio will be placed into new assignments in Flint to support the upcoming heavy-duty pickup launch.

109 Lordstown employees will now be working in the company's Spring Hill, Tenessee facility.

More than 1,500 U.S. hourly employees volunteered to transfer elsewhere. GM says more than 700 of them have accepted transfer opportunities at truck, SUV and crossover related operations.

GM says there will be more job opportunities throughout the year in manufacturing in Michigan, Texas, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana for impacted employees.