$20 Million Investment Boosts Plant That Assembles Cadillac Escalade
General Motors is gearing up to introduce a new generation of Cadillac Escalades and other full-size SUVs, and its Arlington Assembly plant in Texas will lead the way with the help of a new $20 million investment.
Arlington Assembly is responsible for producing all models of the Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban. GM sold more than 282,000 of these vehicles in 2018, outselling the nearest competitor at a four-to-one rate.
Each of these SUVs is in line for a redesign, although GM hasn’t said yet when this will occur. The Escalade is rumored to be all-new for 2021, but that hasn’t been confirmed.
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The $20 million for Arlington comes as part of more than $1.4 billion in investments for the plant since 2015. With this money, the general assembly area has been upgraded and new paint and body shops have been built. The plant is also on the cutting edge of GM’s zero-emissions strategy and runs on 100 percent wind power.
“We’ve been building trucks in Texas for more than 20 years, and our additional investment in Arlington Assembly is proof of our commitment and confidence in our Arlington team,” said Gerald Johnson, GM’s executive vice president of global manufacturing. “We are counting on the Arlington team to continue focusing on building the highest quality products possible for our customers while preparations continue for the launch of the next generation of our full-size SUVs.”
GM employs 4,500 workers at Arlington, but that number isn’t expected to increase as part of new investment in the plant.
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News Source: Detroit Free Press