CHICAGO General Motors Co.s stamping plant in Arlington, Texas, is taking delivery March 1 of the first shipment of massive equipment to make components for its new full-size sport utility vehicles.
The four presses, pit equipment and two press beds, weighing 5 million pounds in all, will have traveled 550 miles from the Port of Houston.
GM broke ground on the $200-million stamping facility last April (amm.com, April 16).
The plant added 180 new jobs to operate three complete press lines that will make external and internal sheet metal components for the vehicles.
Overall, GM Arlington has added 1,000 new jobs to meet demand for current-generation SUVs and to build the next generation of full-size Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade models. The plant directly employs 3,500 people.