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General Motors Co. is building a new $65 million parts-processing facility near Flint.

The new 1.1-million-square-foot parts processing facility planned for a 141-acre site in Burton will replace an existing 400,000-square-foot facility that the automaker currently leases on Davison Road in the Flint-area town.

Construction is expected to wrap up early next year, at which time the roughly 700 Burton employees, including some members of UAW Local 651, will move about five miles down the road. GM spokesman Jim Cain said the automaker is not immediately announcing any new jobs or hiring plans as part of this move.

NorthPoint Development purchased the property from Burton for $268,000 in January and has been negotiating the project with Burton city council for several months, MLive reported. NorthPoint will build the facility and lease it to GM for an initial term of 12.5 years.

“Burton was the best possible location for this new facility,” Lisa Veneziano, GM’s executive director of global aftersales supply chain, warehousing and logistics said in a statement. “We have long-standing ties to the community, the strong support of local and state leaders and it’s close to many of our key suppliers. We now have room to grow, and a great opportunity to serve our customers even better.”

Burton city council approved an industrial facilities exemption certificate Monday night, which could provide a 12-year tax abatement at the site pending final approval from the State Tax Commission.

NNaughton@detroitnews.com

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