GM to add 800 jobs at Arlington Assembly image

General Motors Co (GM.N) will add a third shift early next year at its Arlington Assembly plant in Texas.

The Detroit-based company (NYSE: GM) said in a news release that the third shift will enable the plant to meet stable demand for its latest full-size SUVs. The plant makes the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade.

“The members of Local 276 have risen to the task time and time again. Be it delivering best in class quality or working maximum overtime, they delivered,” Joe Ashton, vice president of the UAW representing GM, said in a statement.
“Due to their efforts, a third shift will be added providing jobs for the Arlington community.”

In the first five months of 2012, sales of the Tahoe rose 21.8%, and the Suburban rose 15.8%. Sales of the Yukon slipped 6%. The Escalade, which won its segment in J.D. Power & Associates’ Initial Quality Study on Wednesday, fell 10.5%, but the Escalade ESV rose 9.3%.

Since July 10, 2009, GM has announced U.S. facility investments of more than $7.1 billion and more than 18,600 created or retained jobs. GM Arlington has contributed to these numbers through investment totals of $531 million and more than 1,000 created or retained jobs, all announced within the past 13 months.

The third shift will start in the first quarter of 2013, but the company will start adding staff in the fourth quarter of this year. GM now has five vehicle assembly plants in the United States operating on three shifts.