Detroit’s General Motors Co. is investing an additional $20 million at its Arlington Assembly plant in Texas to upgrade plant conveyors in preparation for the launch of the automaker’s all-new full-size SUVs.
The new upgrades at Arlington are scheduled to be completed next year. GM has invested more than $1.4 billion in the Arlington facility since 2015 to build a new paint shop and for upgrades to the body shop and general assembly areas.
“We’ve been building trucks in Texas for more than 20 years, and our additional investment in Arlington Assembly is proof of our commitment and confidence in our Arlington team,” says Gerald Johnson, executive vice president of global manufacturing at GM. “We are counting on the Arlington team to continue focusing on building the highest quality products possible for our customers while preparations continue for the launch of the next generation of our full-size SUVs.”
Arlington Assembly is the sole producer of Chevrolet’s Tahoe and Suburban, GMC’s Yukon and Yukon XL, and the Cadillac Escalade.
Opened in 1954, the Arlington plant employs 4,500, and was converted from car to truck production in 1997. The plant operates on three shifts of production.
Last year, GM dealers in the United States delivered more than 282,000 full-size SUVs, and the company’s full-size SUVs are exported to many markets around the globe.
To prepare for the launches of its next generation of pickups and SUVs, and to increase capacity, GM has invested more than $4.2 billion in three U.S. assembly plants – Arlington, Flint, and Fort Wayne, Ind.
GM’s new trucks and SUVs also are driving new investments at plants in Moraine, Ohio to expand diesel engine production, and Toledo, Ohio to expand 10-speed transmission production.