GM Opening New Supplier Park at Arlington Plant
Today General Motors announced that a new supplier park will be opening at its Arlington Assembly plant in 2018. GM anticipates that the new park will be able to house up to 1,250 employees, and is expected to bring more than 850 new jobs to the Texas facility.
The added 850 new jobs are in addition to the 7,000 jobs and $1 billion in US investments that the American automaker announced earlier this year.
The new supplier park will total 1.2 million square feet and consist of two industrial manufacturing and warehouse buildings. GM says that roughly 600 of the new jobs created in these facilities will replace work that was previously being done outside of the United States.
“Through strong supplier and community relations, we’re able create new supplier parks to generate significant benefits to our manufacturing operations and the communities in which we operate,” said Steve Kiefer, General Motors’ senior vice president of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “This new supplier park will create improved logistics efficiency and coordination, while also bringing significant employment opportunities to Arlington.”
The GM Arlington plant currently has approximately 4,225 employees building the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and Cadillac Escalade.
“General Motors has been a part of the American Dream in Arlington from the beginning,” said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. “In fact, the opening of the assembly plant in Arlington in 1954 was one of the key ignitors of our city’s incredible population and economic growth. And now, more than 60 years later, GM continues to be a critical foundation of Arlington’s economy.
“I am pleased the City Council has once again successfully worked 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. This action will have an impact on our community for generations to come and further solidify the partnership between Arlington and General Motors.”
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Among the GM suppliers that will be introducing operations to the Arlington automotive logistics center is International Automotive Components (IAC) Group, which has won multiple Supplier of the Year awards.
“We are excited to establish this new Arlington location as one of our flagship manufacturing operations among IAC’s 22 other U.S. plants,” said IAC CEO Steve Miller. “IAC’s role as a supplier of vehicle interiors to GM extends back almost a century and this impressive new center marks a great beginning to our next century in partnership with this customer.”