The General Motors Fairfax facility in Kansas City will receive a $600-million investment for an all-new, state-of-the-art, 450,000 square-foot painting facility along with tooling/stamping upgrades. The investment represents a large chunk of a $1.5 billion investment plan GM has in store for the United States for 2013.
Some of the upgrades in store for Fairfax include:
- Up to 20-percent smaller footprint, up to 50-percent less energy use per vehicle and reduced Volatile Organic Compound emissions
- GM-patented Radiant Tub Ovens, designed to use 20 percent less natural gas and 40 percent less electricity
- Thin Film Technology, which reduces water use and maintenance and eliminates hazardous chemicals from the waste stream
- Hyper Throw E-COAT, which places more coating in cavities and recesses for optimal corrosion protection
Additionally, local Kansas City news outlet KMBC outlined the business details needed to make this investment happen. The report mentions $120 million in industrial revenue bonds handed out by the Kansas City, Kansas Commission, while General Motors will receive a 50-percent tax break on the new project, which will save the company $3.3 million over the next 10 years. However, no new jobs are expected to be part of today’s announcement. Currently, the plant employs roughly 3,700 people and assembles the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu.