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A line of freshly minted full-size GM pickups rolls down the assembly line for final inspection in 2012 at the Allen County assembly plant. The plant, which opened in 1986, employs 4,000.

GM revving up bash for owners

Truck party features food, prizes, parade

General Motors’ 1 millionth full-size pickup rolls off the Fort Wayne assembly line Jan. 16, 1989.
GM introduced its 2003 model year Chevrolet Silverado, left, and GMC Sierra at the Chicago Auto Show. Both trucks are made in Fort Wayne.
In 2007, the Chevrolet Silverado LT Z71 Crew Cab looked like this. Next year’s heavily redesigned model will be shown at Saturday’s event.

Truck lovers will gather Saturday in Fort Wayne to share their passion for four wheels and a flatbed.

General Motors Co. is inviting owners to bring their GM pickups to Memorial Coliseum for a homecoming party that starts at 10 a.m. and includes music, food and prizes.

A highlight will be a truck talk by GM’s chief engineer. The redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup also will be on display.

Significant changes from the 2013 model year include redesigned engines, front-hinged doors on extended cab models, tripled-sealed doors to reduce road noise, and an optional longer truck bed.

GM has built Silverados and Sierras at its Allen County assembly plant since Dec. 8, 1986, when the plant employed 1,900 on one shift. Now, about 4,000 hourly and salaried workers assemble trucks in three shifts.

The Detroit-based automaker has invested more than $1 billion in construction and equipment at the plant since it opened, County Commissioner Nelson Peters said.

A parade is scheduled to kick off Saturday at 1 p.m. and circle the northeast quadrant of the city. Organizers hope to set a world record for the longest truck parade.

Gates open at 8 a.m.