GM announced this afternoon that it plans to invest $600M in a new 450,000 square foot paint shop and an upgraded stamping facility at the Fairfax Assembly Plant where both the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu are produced. General Motors CEO, Dan Akerson, made the announcement before a crowd of elected officials, plant management and union leaders and workers. The investment is part of a larger $1.3B investment GM is making this year in its plants. Akerson noted that the Fairfax Plant investment is one of the largest existing plant investments ever made by the company and that the investment will make it the most efficient, modernized plant in GM’s 130-plant network around the globe.
The investment also retains the 3,750 employees who work at the plant. As Mayor Joe Reardon pointed out, “the men and women of this plant are not just building quality cars every day, but they’re out making a difference in the community.” The Fairfax plant produces a new car every 58 seconds and the 2012 Malibu was the highest-performing midsize car in the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality StudySM.
The paint shop addition brings the total size of the plant to 3.7 million square feet. The new technologies being added to the facility will reduce energy use, and improve the paint finish. Gallagher Kaiser was named the general contractor of the project out of Detroit. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2014 and operational in August 2015.
This significant investment is a result of a team effort including General Motors, staff and elected leaders within the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS, State of Kansas, Kansas City Board of Public Utilities and Wyandotte Economic Development Council.
Greg Kindle, President
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