CHICAGO General Motors Co. plans to invest $600 million
at its Fairfax Assembly and Stamping Plant in Kansas City,
Kan., including the construction of a 450,000-square-foot paint
shop, installation of a stamping press and other upgrades.
Vehicle production schedules will be unaffected by the
construction, keeping the plants three shifts of nearly
4,000 hourly and salaried employees on the job. The factory
makes the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse models.
Constructionwhich is set to begin later this year and
should take two years to completewill increase the
footprint of the plant by about 15 percent to 3.7 million
The new paint shop will feature new tooling, robots, and
environmental and efficiency enhancements. In the stamping
facility, the upgraded AA3X press will replace the current
middle press used to create structural reinforcements for
vehicle body frames. The upgraded press is expected to enhance
quality and reduce waste.
The original Fairfax Assembly Plant, which opened during World
War II, was the first industrial facility to make automobiles
and jet fighters in the same building. The current plant opened
in 1987. Fairfax produced 283,213 vehicles in 2012.
In early January, Detroit-based GM said it would invest $1.5
billion in North American plants this year, and the Fairfax
capital project makes up part of that commitment (
amm.com, Jan. 17