GM to Invest $331 Million, Add 110 Jobs in Arlington, Texas

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Announcement part of $2 billion planned for 17 facilities in eight states

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While the professionals at Bill Jacobs Joliet - the leading GM dealer in Joliet, Illinois - are a "few miles" from Texas, they are excited that GM is investing so much money somewhere in the United States. The fact that the investment will create so many jobs is another plus.

General Motors plans to add 110 jobs and invest $331 million to purchase tooling and equipment as well as expand the Arlington Assembly Plant to make future Chevrolet Tahoes, Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades.

“This investment will allow us to continue building award-winning full-size SUVs that offer better fuel efficiency than ever before without sacrificing the features and functionality they’ve come to expect,” GM Manufacturing Manager Larry Zahner said Thursday.

“We remain committed to providing customers the utility and capability of our world-class full-size SUVs.”

The recent announcement is part of the $2 billion in U.S. investment that GM announced for 17 facilities in eight states. Announcements were made recently at assembly plants in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Detroit, Michigan; and at powertrain plants in Toledo, Ohio, as well as Flint and Bay City, Michigan. This is on top of $3.4 billion invested and 9,000 jobs created or retained in the United States since mid-2009, which all goes to show that General Motors is serious about making a genuine comeback after troubles in recent years.

“We truly appreciate the support we have enjoyed from the Arlington community over the years,” said Zahner. “This investment is possible because of the teamwork between GM, the UAW, the Arlington community and the great State of Texas.”

The 110 new jobs will be added to an existing workforce of 2,400 hourly and salaried employees at Arlington.    

“Today’s announcement of a future product and more jobs for the Arlington Plant shows that the members of UAW Local 276 have what it takes to compete and win in today’s global auto market,” said UAW Vice President-GM Department Joe Ashton. “Our members have answered every challenge placed before them. Their highly developed skills and abilities enhance their capacity to build world-class vehicles for American consumers.”

Local Illinois citizens who want to help support GM in their comeback are encouraged to stop by Bill Jacobs Joliet to check out their wide selection of GM cars and trucks. From service to selection, they are hard to beat, which is why so many people all over come to them to buy their new and used vehicles.


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