By Andrew Ganz
Wednesday, Jun 29th, 2011 @ 9:40 am
 
United States Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is planning to visit a pair of General Motors assembly plants in Flint and Bay City, Michigan, today in an effort to promote the automaker's turnaround.

LaHood is expected to tout GM's decision to both call back and hire anew about 800 workers between the two plants. GM is adding a third shift - worth about 700 workers - to the Flint Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra truck plant and the automaker is also bringing on 96 new workers to build 1.4-liter four-cylinder engines in Bay City.

GM has been on a hiring push this summer, announcing about 4,000 new or recalled jobs at 17 different plants in eight states across the country.

The White House has been quick to promote the Obama administration's role in bailing out GM in 2009.