Former presidential candidate and current Texas governor, Rick Perry, joined General Motors’ Arlington Assembly Plant Manager Paul Graham to celebrate the 2015 Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac full-size SUVs being built at the plant.
“General Motors has a rich heritage in Texas, building award-winning vehicles since 1954 and these new vehicles are no exception. Our hard-working team at the plant is energized that customers love our products,” said Graham.
Perry was present in a show of support for General Motors’ long relationship with the Lone Star State. “In Texas, we realize that jobs mean more than just a paycheck, they mean more opportunities to grow, better lives for families and lifelong friendships formed over the years,” said Perry. “That’s the point of everything we do in Texas, freeing employers of all sizes to succeed so they can create quality jobs to lift individuals, families and entire communities to greater heights.”
General Motors has invested more than $500 million at Arlington for its current crop of full-size SUVs, which currently have 75 percent of the market in the full-size SUV category. The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL are currently being sold, with the 2015 Cadillac Escalade starting to trickle into dealers’ lots.
As part of this SUV launch, Graham and Governor Perry provided General Motors Foundation grants totaling $56,000 in support of five local nonprofits as part of its annual Plant City Grants program. Receiving the grants were the United Way of Tarrant County ($25,000), the Arlington ISD – Teacher Grants ($10,000), the Community Food Bank of Fort Worth ($7,000), the Junior Achievement of the Chisolm Trail ($7,000), and Parents Step Ahead ($7,000), according to the Wall Street Journal.
“Through the Plant City Grants program, the GM Foundation this year will provide more than $1.7 million to 209 organizations in 45 plant cities,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “The grants are given to organizations that provide much-needed services to help improve the quality of life within the communities where GM employees live and work.”