General Motors has announced another major investment in its large trucks, adding another $20 million US to the facility in Arlington, Texas that produces the conglomerate’s large utility vehicles.
Whereas companies such as Ford are betting their future on small crossovers and SUVs, and just about every company is priming for a future of electrification and automated driving, GM has invested more than $4.2 million in large pickup and SUV production ($1.4 billion of which has gone into Arlington Assembly since 2015), ahead of new launches.
The latest investment will go into upgrading the plant conveyors, due to be completed next year. Arlington Assembly is the sole producer of the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL.
“We’ve been building trucks in Texas for more than 20 years, and our additional investment in Arlington Assembly is proof of our commitment and confidence in our Arlington team,” said Gerald Johnson, GM executive vice president of Global Manufacturing. “We are counting on the Arlington team to continue focusing on building the highest quality products possible for our customers while preparations continue for the launch of the next generation of our full-size SUVs.”
Arlington opened in 1954, building large real-wheel drive sedans such as the Buick Roadmaster, Cadillac Brougham, Chevrolet Caprice and Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser, among others, before converting over to truck production in 1997.
The plant currently employs 4,500, producing more than 282,000 full-size SUVs for worldwide distribution in 2018, nearly four times as many as GM’s nearest competitor. The facility runs entirely on wind power, earning it a spot on the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) top-100 largest green power users in the US.