General Motors continues to invest in its plant in the United States and recently committed to establishing a new supplier base at the Arlington Assembly Plant in Arlington, Texas. The new supplier park will include two industrial manufacturing and warehouse buildings with an area of more than 1.2 million square feet. The upcoming park will support future automotive production, accommodate over 1,200 employees and bring over 850 new jobs to the community. General Motors estimates that nearly 600 new industrial and professional jobs will replace jobs previously held outside the United States.
This latest move by GM follows the already 7,000 jobs and $1 billion in US investment the automaker committed to earlier this year. So far, GM has committed $14 million to Cruise Automation for a new research and development facility in San Francisco, California. The investment will allow Cruise Automation to further develop a range of automated technologies while providing an additional 1,100 jobs. In March, the automaker announced an additional commitment to its Michigan facilities -- Romulus Powertrain Plant, Flint Assembly Plant and Lansing Delta Township -- adding or retaining about 900 jobs at those sites over the next 12 months.
Like California and Michigan, Texas should now benefit.
“General Motors has been part of the American dream in Arlington from the start,” said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. "In fact, the opening of the assembly plant in Arlington in 1954 was one of the main triggers for our city's incredible population and economic growth."
GM currently employs more than 4,000 people at Arlington Assembly where the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and Cadillac Escalade are manufactured.
"And now, more than 60 years later, GM continues to be a vital foundation of Arlington's economy," Mayor Williams said. “I am pleased that the City Council has again worked successfully with General Motors, this time to revitalize and redevelop an area that was a deteriorating shopping center and turn it into a vibrant manufacturing site.”
Arlington Automotive Logistics Center. Photo: General Motors.
One of the first to move in is International Automotive Components (IAC), a multi-year recipient of GM Supplier of the Year. the company intends to locate in Arlington's next automotive logistics center.
"We are excited to establish this new Arlington location as one of our flagship manufacturing operations among IAC's other 22 plants in the United States," said Steve Miller, President and CEO, IAC . "IAC's role as a supplier of vehicle interiors to GM dates back nearly a century and this impressive new center marks a great start to our next century in partnership with this customer."
Effective Strategies< p>The GM concept behind Supplier Parks is that it makes day-to-day operations more efficient. With suppliers located near manufacturing facilities, transportation costs go down, communication is stronger, and more quality control opportunities are accessible. Currently, supplier parks for Northpoint exist at GM's Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas, Wentzville Assembly Plant in Missouri, Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky, and assembly plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
“Through strong supplier and community relationships, we are able to create new supplier parks to generate significant benefits for our manufacturing operations and the communities in which we operate,” said Steve Kiefer, Vice Senior President of GM's Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “This new fleet of suppliers will improve logistics efficiency and coordination, while providing significant job opportunities in Arlington.”
“This action will impact our community for generations to come and will further strengthen the partnership between Arlington and General Motors,” Mayor Williams added.
Carl Anthony is the editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan.
Pictures & Source: General Motors.