FLINT – An improving economy that is driving commercial activity, such as housing starts, lies at the heart of General Motors Co.’s decision to add a third shift at its heavy-duty truck plant here. “It’s a good sign,” Mark Reuss, president-North American operations, says of demand for the new-for-’11 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. “The popularity demonstrated over the last few months is telling us we need” a third shift, he tells Ward’s after announcing the extra production ...

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