General Motors Again Investing In Arlington Plant

Chris Sommer
June 25, 2019 - 2:01 pm
Auto Assembly Plant



ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - It's another vote of confidence and a fresh pat on the back for the workforce at the General Motors assembly plant in Arlington.

The company announced Tuesday it is investing an additional $20 million in the North Texas facility, which produces all of GM's full-size SUVs.  The new investment is earmarked for helping the plant get ready to build the next generation of the very popular vehicles.

The latest $20 million is on top of a $1.4 billion investment GM made in the Arlington plant in 2015.  GM spokesman Dan Flores said, "The $1.4 billion that we announced back in 2015 was to completely re-do the operation there, and this investment, we think, is proof of our commitment and our confidence in the Arlington team."

As buying habits have shifted toward larger vehicles, GM has moved away from making passenger cars, with a greater focus on full-size SUVs and trucks.

The Arlington facility builds large SUVs that include the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade.  Flores said GM dealers in the U.S. sold more than 282,000 full-size SUVs in 2018.  Every one of them was built in Arlington.

The local GM plant has about 4,500 employees, most of whom are hourly workers.  Flores said, "Big plant, high-volume plant, really important plant for GM.  We're really excited, and we're sure the workforce is really excited to get their hands on these next-generation products."

GM has not released specifics on individual models that will be updated, including on-sale dates.​