Today, March 19th, GM broke ground for a new paint shop at the Fairfax Assembly Plant located in Kansas City.
GM invested $600 million in the Fairfax Assembly Plant, part of the money being used to build the new paint shop. The project also includes equipment upgrades and a new stamping press. The paint shop will be built in five phases and it is expected to be completed by December 2014. It will cover an area of 450,000 square feet and will have two floors. Once the paint shop completed, which will be a separate building from the facility, the Fairfax Assembly Plant will have 3.7 million square feet.
This investment will make the plant become the most technologically advanced among the automaker’s plants all over the world. The Fairfax Assembly Plant will also reduce the waste stream and lower the facility’s energy use by as much as 50%.
” When complete, our plant will be able to continue to paint cars that have a flawless finish, while utilizing a lot less energy and resources,” Plant Manager William Kulhanek said in a release. “The addition of this paint shop also demonstrates GM’s commitment to maintain a strong presence in the Kansas City community.”