The first of three new presses is up and running at General Motors’ newest stamping facility in Arlington, Texas.

The US$200m contiguous stamping plant announced in 2012 has added 180 jobs at the automaker’s Arlington manufacturing complex - which includes a 4,500-worker large SUV assembly plant - and is one of 10 GM contiguous stamping operations globally that have started production in the last five years.

The first 'Arlington-stamped' product was a 2014 Cadillac Escalade built in the assembly plant and on display at the site’s official grand opening attended by Tim Lee, GM's global manufacturing chief who is also chairman of GM China.

The new stamping facility will produce large metal parts, such as doors, bonnets and side panels for the next generation of full-size SUVs. Arlington is the sole source of Chevrolet Tahoes, Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades sold globally.

Arlington currently receives stampings from several GM locations, some more than 1,000 miles away. The new stamping plant will save about US$40m in logistics costs each year.

“Arlington Stamping is the latest example in GM’s strategy to improve quality and reduce cost,” Lee said. “The money we save can be reinvested in our products and technologies that add value to our customers.”

As part of the stamping plant opening ceremony, GM, the GM Foundation and UAW leaders announced $75,000 in contributions to local charities.

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GM Arlington Presses First Parts at $200 Million Body Shop

Leaves stamp with $75,000 in donations from GM Foundation to area charities

2013-10-14

ARLINGTON, Tex. – The first of three mammoth stamping presses is up and running at General Motors’ newest stamping facility here. The $200 million contiguous stamping plant announced in 2012 adds 180 jobs to GM’s Arlington manufacturing complex and is one of 10 contiguous stamping operations globally that started production in the last five years.

 

The first Arlington-stamped product was a 2014 Cadillac Escalade on display at the site’s official grand opening attended by Tim Lee, executive vice president, global manufacturing and Chairman, GM China. He said the success of the company and its vehicles lies with its UAW-GM employees.

 

“Our stamping team takes GM’s creative designs and makes them a reality, forming metal into shapes that please our customers and define a product’s identity,” Lee said. “They ensure hundreds of metal parts come together to fit snugly, but open and close with ease. And they produce perfectly smooth body panels so our paint shops can apply a pristine coat of paint for our customers.”

 

The new stamping facility will produce large metal parts, such as doors, hoods and side panels, for the next generation of the full-size SUVs. The Arlington plant is the lone source for Chevrolet Tahoes, Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades sold globally.

 

The Arlington plant today receives stampings from several GM locations, some more than 1,000 miles away. The new stamping facility will save about $40 million in logistics costs each year.

 

“Arlington Stamping is the latest example in GM’s strategy to improve quality and reduce cost,” Lee said. “The money we save can be reinvested in our products and technologies that add value to our customers.”

 

As part of the stamping plant opening ceremony, GM, the GM Foundation and UAW leaders announced $75,000 in contributions to local charities. 

 

“We’re pleased to announce these contributions at a time when we’re strengthening our community presence with the launch of GM’s  all-new full-size SUVs, as well as the opening of a new, contiguous stamping plant,” said Paul Graham, GM Arlington plant manager. “GM is investing more than $500 million in North Texas, and we could not be successful without strong support from our local community.”

 

The GM Foundation announced grants to the following Arlington area organizations:

 

River Legacy Foundation - $7,000

 

River Legacy Foundation began in 1988 as a unique public/private partnership with the City of Arlington. Its mission is to preserve and enhance the parkland along the Trinity River as an extraordinary educational, recreational and natural resource.

 

Arlington Independent School District Foundation Teacher Grants - $10,000 The GM Foundation and Arlington Assembly recognize that business success is directly linked to the skills and talents of the workforce. Contributions to Arlington ISD Foundation will pay dividends for years to come by supporting a strong educational system in this plant community.

 

Arlington Independent School District GREEN - $10,000 

 

GREEN is a partnership between GM, the Arlington ISD, and the nonprofit organization Earth Force. Through the program, young people are challenged to be active community citizens, tackling water quality issues with hands-on science.

 

Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail - $7,000  Junior Achievement ignites the spark in young people to experience opportunities and meet the realities of work in a 21st-century global marketplace. JA offers activity-based, interactive instruction that focuses on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, as well as work and college readiness. Local volunteers bring business relevancy to the classroom and reinforce the value of education.

 

Community Food Bank - $7,000    

 

Community Food Bank has been feeding families and feeding hope in Tarrant County since 1982.

 

United Way of Tarrant County - $34,000  

 

Last year, UAW and GM team members personally donated $153,010 to the United Way. United Way of Tarrant County has more than 85 years of experience investing money, expertise and other resources to improve lives in the communities it serves.

 

In 2013, the GM Foundation will provide a total of $1.6 million in funding to nearly 200 organizations in 45 plant cities where GM employees live and work. The grants are given to a variety of organizations that families rely on to provide much-needed services, improve education, and influence the quality of life within their respective communities.  

 

About Arlington Assembly Plant – More than 4,500 employees, most represented by UAW Local 276, work on three shifts to produce more than 1,200 SUVs a day, the Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon and the Cadillac Escalade.

Original source: GM