General Motors has shipped the first batch of gigantic stamping equipment for the next generation of its full-size SUVs to its Arlington Stamping Plant in Texas this week. A total of four presses, pit equipment, two press beds weighing a total of 5 million pounds will make their way to the new stamping facility 550 miles from Port of Houston.
In January of 2012, General Motors announced it will invest $200 million in a new stamping facility in its Arlington plant. The investment is part of $531 million invested by GM in Arglington since 2009 while adding 180 new jobs to operate three complete press lines for external and internal sheet metal components. In addition, the plant added 1,000 new jobs to meet demand of current and next-generation SUVs including the Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade SUVs. The plant directly employs 3,500 people.
Due to the size of the equipment, the items were transported during daylight hours via a carefully-planned route approved by the Texas Department of Transportation — all in the name of safety. The route wound around Houston through several Texas communities north to Arlington, and residents in Port of Houston, Dayton, Cleveland, Conroe, Prairie View, Personville, Mexia, Joshua, Mansfield, and Arlington may have witnessed as GM’s addition to the renaissance of American manufacturing passed by their community.
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