GM details $1.4B in Upgrades to Arlington SUV Plant

Korri Kezar

A $1.4 billion overhaul will expand General Motors Corp.'s (NYSE: GM) Arlington plant to nearly 4.5 times its size when it opened 61 years ago.

The project will add 1.2 million square feet to the factory’s 4.375 million square feet across 250 acres. The facility will also be outfitted with new equipment, machinery and tools, as well as training for the 4,100 employees who create 280,270 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade SUVs each year.

With the overhaul, GM will also reconfigure the plant with new paint and body shops and an assembly area.

Construction will begin this summer and span three years, said Cathy Clegg, vice president of GM North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations.

“We know that we have to offer products that are nothing short of outstanding,” Clegg said at a Tuesday event at the Arlington plant. “Few customers are more discerning than our truck and SUV customers, and few are more loyal. That’s why it’s so crucial that we keep this facility running on all cylinders.”

In a recorded speech, Governor Gregg Abbott congratulated GM on its continued expansion in DFW.

“Your Texas-sized investment … is one of the largest single investments that GM has made in the United States for a manufacturing facility,” Abbott said. “This expansion is a testament to the continued strength of the Texas economy as well as GM’s confidence in Texas’ work-ready job force.”

Dallas Business Journal