GM investing $20M in Texas plant for next-gen SUVs
Arlington Assembly is the sole source of the SUVs for GM, which has dominated the highly profitable segment for decades.
The investment adds to roughly $1.4 billion GM has spent upgrading the plant since 2015, including construction of a paint shop. It's the latest in a series of goodwill investment announcements by GM ahead of formal contract negotiations with the UAW starting in July.
“The UAW continues to commend GM for making investments in U.S. locations,” UAW Vice President Terry Dittes said in a statement. "We believe that building a product where you sell it is good for our members, their families, our communities and all of America. We hope to see more investments in the future at other General Motors facilities throughout our country.”
The plant, which was converted from car to truck production in 1997, employs 4,500 people on three shifts, including about 4,200 hourly UAW members. It produced more than 300,000 SUVs in 2018.
GM says it has invested more than $4.2 billion at its plants in Arlington, Flint, Mich., and Fort Wayne, Ind., to build its redesigned full-size pickups and SUVs, all of which share the company's T1 platform.
Source: Automotive News
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