General Motors has committed to investing a total of $2 billion in 17 of its facilities here in the United States, and the latest to receive monitory support is the Arlington Assembly Plant in Texas. $331 million is being pumped into the Arlington facility for tooling and equipment in an effort to expand the plant. 110 jobs will also be added to the facility's existing 2,400-person workforce.

Currently, the plant builds The General's GMT900 sport-utility vehicles: the Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade. GM likely has no plans to abandon this segment anytime soon, so it only makes sense that the plant will be updated in order to support the next generation of these full-size SUVs.

The Arlington Assembly investment comes after GM made efforts to expand its Detroit-Hamtramck, Bowling Green, Flint and Bay City facilities. Follow the jump for the official press blast.
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GM to Invest $331 Million, Add 110 Jobs in Arlington, Tex.

Announcement part of $2 billion planned for 17 facilities in eight states

ARLINGTON, Tex. – General Motors will add 110 jobs and invest $331 million to purchase tooling and equipment and expand the Arlington Assembly Plant to make future Chevrolet Tahoes, Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades.

"This investment will allow us to continue building award-winning full-size SUVs that offer better fuel efficiency than ever before without sacrificing the features and functionality they've come to expect," GM Manufacturing Manager Larry Zahner said Thursday. "We remain committed to providing customers the utility and capability of our world-class full-size SUVs."

Thursday's announcement is part of the $2 billion in U.S. investment that GM announced for 17 facilities in eight states on May 10. Announcements positively impacting employment were made recently at assembly plants in Bowling Green, Ky., and Detroit, Mich.; and at powertrain plants in Toledo, Ohio, as well as Flint and Bay City, Mich. This is on top of $3.4 billion invested and 9,000 jobs created or retained in the United States since mid-2009.

The Arlington investment is primarily for manufacturing machinery, equipment, special tooling and an expansion of the current facility. The plant, which opened in 1954, built its 9-millionth vehicle earlier this month. It last was expanded in 2001, to 3.75 million square feet.

"We truly appreciate the support we have enjoyed from the Arlington community over the years," said Zahner. "This investment is possible because of the teamwork between GM, the UAW, the Arlington community and the great State of Texas."

The 110 new jobs will be added to an existing workforce of 2,400 hourly and salaried employees at Arlington.

"Today's announcement of a future product and more jobs for the Arlington Plant shows that the members of UAW Local 276 have what it takes to compete and win in today's global auto market," said UAW Vice President-GM Department Joe Ashton. "Our members have answered every challenge placed before them. Their highly developed skills and abilities enhance their capacity to build world-class vehicles for American consumers."


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      Vineeth Vazhayil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really! Even more 15 mpg SUV building capacity??
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        @Vineeth Vazhayil
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      Printer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I understand how many of you don't "get" vehicles like this, but let me assure you that there is a LARGE market for these vehicles. I personally will own something in this category as long as A) I have the resources to do so, and B) For as long as they'll make them. I'm on my sixth such vehicle since 1990. For the type of driving I do (2 hours between my two homes), and for the level of comfort I want (this is flat, straight highway...a BMW on this route will drive you mad, literally), I and many like me, will continue to support GM for offering us exactly want we want and need. If you don't care for these vehicles, DON'T BUY ONE! But leave the rest of us alone...we're intelligent enough to figure out what we want and can afford.
        • 3 Years Ago
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          Printer
          • 3 Years Ago
          Nick, I currently have an Audi A6. NO comparison on long, boring highway miles that I frequently drive. As far as comfort is concerned, that's a HIGHLY subjective concept. What might be comfortable to you, might NOT work for me. I'm a large guy...235 lbs. and over 6' tall. NO WAY are you going to be able to find a position in an E Class that matches what I have in my SUV. Then when you add the issue of driving characteristics, the issue is dead. My SUV does what it was meant to do...it conveys me and all my stuff efficiently and effectively. My A6, or an E Class won't do that...Sorry.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          I am not a fan of the newer SUVs myself, but you will be hard pressed to find a sedan that offers the visibility you can find in a truck or SUV. As for comfort? The sedan may handle better, but an SUVsuch as a Suburban typically offers much more passenger room. They may suck in day-to-day driving, but they are great for road trips. That said, I can see why there is still a market for them, the pickups even more so.
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      More jobs is always good news!
      Teddy Sweat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Right on time for the next gen SUV's. I can see my wifes head exploding right now in anticipation of her next 15mpg 3/4ton Suburban.....
      Digi City Police
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now, if GM will throw some money towards Spring Hill or Janesville, we'll be golden.
        Printer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Digi City Police
        Did you hear the news about Israel potentially ordering 50K American cars today for their government fleet? Don't know that it would directly impact those facilities, but one can hope!
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great news for us here in North Texas. Arlington builds quality products, but of course I'd like to see diesel versions, to improve fuel economy.
      James Hume
      • 3 Years Ago
      Brand new 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Z-71 that daddy bought. TFM
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