General Motors Co. on Monday said a stamping press at its Arlington Assembly Plant in Texas, part of a new $200 million stamping plant at the complex, is running and producing sheet metal parts.
The Detroit-based automaker plans to add 180 jobs for the new plant. GM said the stamping plant will save it $40 million in logistics costs annually when fully operational using three presses. The Arlington stamping plant will make metal doors, hoods and side panels for vehicles, including GM’s all-new 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalade made at the plant.
The plant previously received the stamping parts from several GM plants, some that are more than 1,000 miles from the Texas facility.
“Arlington Stamping is the latest example in GM’s strategy to improve quality and reduce cost,” Tim Lee, GM’s executive vice president of global manufacturing and chairman of GM China, said in a statement. “The money we save can be reinvested in our products and technologies that add value to our customers.”
GM’s Arlington plant employs more than 4,500 workers who build more than 1,200 large SUVs daily.