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General Motors Opens $200 Million Body Shop In Texas
Arlington stamp plant will save company $40M in logistical costs each year; $75,000 in donations from GM Foundation given to area charities
ARLINGTON, Tex. – The first of three mammoth stamping presses is up and running at General Motors’ newest stamping facility here. The $200 million contiguous stamping plant announced in 2012 adds 180 jobs to GM’s Arlington manufacturing complex, which is one of 10 contiguous stamping operations globally that started production in the last five years.
The new stamping facility will produce large metal parts, such as doors, hoods and side panels, for the next generation of the full-size SUVs. The Arlington plant is the lone source for Chevrolet Tahoes, Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades sold globally.
“Our stamping team takes GM’s creative designs and makes them a reality, forming metal into shapes that please our customers and define a product’s identity,” Lee said. “They ensure hundreds of metal parts come together to fit snugly, but open and close with ease. And they produce perfectly smooth body panels so our paint shops can apply a pristine coat of paint for our customers.”
Before the new stamping presses went into operation the Arlington complex received stampings from several GM locations, some more than 1,000 miles away. The new stamping facility will save about $40 million in logistics costs each year.
“Arlington Stamping is the latest example in GM’s strategy to improve quality and reduce cost,” Lee said. “The money we save can be reinvested in our products and technologies that add value to our customers.”
As part of the stamping plant opening ceremony, GM, the GM Foundation and UAW leaders announced $75,000 in contributions to local charities.
“We’re pleased to announce these contributions at a time when we’re strengthening our community presence with the launch of GM’s all-new full-size SUVs, as well as the opening of a new, contiguous stamping plant,” said Paul Graham, GM Arlington plant manager. “GM is investing more than $500 million in North Texas, and we could not be successful without strong support from our local community.”
In 2013, the GM Foundation will provide a total of $1.6 million in funding to nearly 200 organizations in 45 plant cities where GM employees live and work.
The grants are given to a variety of organizations that families rely on to provide much-needed services, improve education, and influence the quality of life within their respective communities.