Guy D. Briggs, vice president and general manager of vehicle manufacturing for GM, was appointed to the Airport Authority on Tuesday. Briggs of Fenton Township replaces Sheridan E. Lee, who served one term, and was the apparent victim of Briggs' strong resume and the commissioners' growing interest in creating closer relationships with GM and Delphi. Briggs of Fenton Township replaces Sheridan E. Lee, who served one term, and was the apparent victim of Briggs' strong resume and the commissioners' growing interest in creating closer relationships with GM and Delphi.
..."It's a rare opportunity to have someone with the stature of Guy Briggs (willing to serve)," said board Chairman Richard E. Hammel.
was one of 15 appointments made by commissioners Tuesday, but easily received the most attention.
Two local UAW officials even stepped forward to praise their management counterpart, recalling his
efforts to build trucks for the New York relief effort with donated labor and parts. "There was no one more important to making that happen than Guy Briggs," said Mark Hawkins, shop chairman for UAW Local 598.
said Tuesday that he's
looking forward to the Bishop assignment.
"As a little boy, I was at Bishop when it wasn't much of an airport. ... Right now, it is a first-class regional airport," he
said."To me, it's one of the best in the state." Briggs
has strong Flint-area ties. He joined Chevrolet as a college graduate-in-training at the Flint Manufacturing Plant in 1961, held several supervisory positions and returned to Flint as superintendent of manufacturing.He became manager of the Chevrolet Engine Plant in 1978.
position today, Briggs
has responsibility for all of GM
's North American vehicle assembly plants.
"I've never met (Briggs) personally, (but) I have heard some very good things about him," Rice said.