GM Celebrates 60 Years Making Vehicles In Texas

Updated Feb 24, 2014

GM Arlington Texas Plant

GM Reaches 60 Years of Auto Manufacturing in Texas

Fun Fact: GM has been building vehicles in Texas since 1954.

Much has changed since the first car – a four-door black Pontiac Chieftain – rolled off its production line in 1954, but the General Motors Arlington Assembly Plant continues to stand the test of time, contributing economically to its community, the State of Texas and GM.

Arlington Assembly, which switched from car to truck assembly in 1997, is the only facility that builds GM’s award-winning, full-size SUVs – Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade.

The SUVs now in production are all new and redesigned for the 2015 model year. 

Arlington by the Numbers:

Total vehicles built 1954-2013:  9,727,292

Total GM wages paid Arlington employees in 2013:  $292,771,994

Tale of the Tape: 

                                                      1954                                        2014

Production robots                0                                           1,010

Facility size                 1.25 million sq. ft.                   4.375 million sq. ft.

Employees                                  1,850                                      4,591