In its largest single plant investment in the US this year, General Motors announced $1.4 billion for a range of improvements to its Arlington Assembly Plant to more competitively produce high-quality full-size SUVs.
The investment allows the plant to be reconfigured with a new paint shop, body shop and general assembly area upgrades. Construction is expected to begin this summer and take approximately three years to complete. Production schedules for Chevrolet Tahoes and Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Yukon XLs and Cadillac Escalades will be unaffected by the construction.
Since 2011, GM has invested nearly $2 billion in manufacturing improvements at Arlington Assembly including the latest announcement, the launch of the current full-size SUVs and a new stamping plant.
The new investment is a part of the $5.4 billion GM announced it would invest in US manufacturing over the next three years. Approximately $4.5 billion of the $5.4 billion has been identified, leaving about $900 million to be announced by year end.
Since June 2009, GM has announced US facility investment of approximately $17.8 billion. About $12.4 billion of that has come since the 2011 UAW-GM National Agreement.
The United Auto Workers and General Motors opened 2015 contract talks Monday on a new national agreement to replace the current four-year agreement that expires at midnight 14 September.