GM to open new supplier park to support future vehicle production in Arlington

General Motors has unveiled plans to open a new supplier park to support future vehicle production at Arlington Assembly in Texas, US, by bringing over 850 new jobs to the area.

The new park, which is expected to start operations in 2018, will feature two industrial manufacturing and warehouse buildings comprising over 1.2 million square feet.

The new jobs are in addition to the 7,000 GM jobs and $1bn in US investments GM announced earlier this year.

GM estimates about 600 of the new manufacturing and professional jobs created in the facilities will replace work earlier carried out outside of the US.

Presently, the company employs about 4225 people for the manufacture of Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban GMC Yukon and Yukon XL and Cadillac Escalade.

GM Global Purchasing and Supply Chain senior vice president Steve Kiefer said: “Through strong supplier and community relations, we’re able create new supplier parks to generate significant benefits to our manufacturing operations and the communities in which we operate.

“This new supplier park will create improved logistics efficiency and coordination, while also bringing significant employment opportunities to Arlington.”

One of GM’s suppliers International Automotive Components Group (IAC), will be introducing operations at the Arlington automotive logistics centre.

IAC president and CEO Steve Miller said: “We are excited to establish this new Arlington location as one of our flagship manufacturing operations among IAC’s 22 other US plants.

“IAC’s role as a supplier of vehicle interiors to GM extends back almost a century and this impressive new center marks a great beginning to our next century in partnership with this customer.”

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