GM to add 110 jobs and invest $331 million in Arlington, Texas plant

General Motors will add 110 jobs and invest $331 million to purchase tooling and equipment and expand its Arlington, Texas assembly plant.

The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 is one of four full-size SUV models built at the Arlington plant. GM

General Motors today made another announcement regarding allocation of the $2 billion in U.S. plant investment.

The automaker will add 110 jobs and invest $331 million to purchase tooling and equipment and expand the Arlington Assembly Plant.

Currently, the plant's 2,400 hourly and salaried employees make 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."


On top of purchasing special tooling and enabling an expansion of the 3.75-million-square-foot plant, the investment will also go toward upgrading manufacturing machinery and equipment. The plant, which opened in 1954, built its nine-millionth vehicle earlier this month. It last was expanded in 2001.

"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."

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