GM announces $200 million investment in Texas stamping plant, adds 180 jobs image

General Motors will expand its production plant in Arlington, Texas, in a move that will add about 180 jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

GM today announced that construction will begin next week on a parts manufacturing wing of the Arlington facility that will cost $200 million. The new section will produce large parts for GM’s full-size sport utility vehicles.

“Today’s announcement is further evidence that the US auto industry is back. We look forward to more good news in 2012 as our workers continue to build the world’s best vehicles,” Joe Ashton, the United Auto Workers union’s GM representative, was quoted as saying by AFP in a statement.

According to GM, the facility is expected to open in 2013 and save about $40 million a year in logistics costs. At present, the plant gets the large parts it needs from several GM facilities, including some that are located more than 1,000 miles away. This latest addition to the Arlington plant comes less than a year after GM announced an expansion plan worth $331 million for the Texas plant.

The Arlington plant builds Chevrolet Tahoes, Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades.