GM invests $600 million in Fairfax assembly and stamping plant
Jan 31, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
General Motors Company, or GM, which designs, builds and sells cars, trucks and automobile parts, has announced a $600 million investment in the Fairfax assembly and stamping plant, including the construction of a new 450,000 square-foot paint shop, the installation of a new stamping press and other upgrades.
Construction at the 3.2 million square-foot plant begins later in 2013 and is expected to take about two years to complete, increasing the footprint of the plant by about 15% to 3.7 million-square-feet.
"This major investment is a vote of confidence in the employees and leadership of this plant and will allow them to continue producing beautiful, world-class vehicles like the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse - with the same quality workmanship that has defined the Fairfax complex for nearly 70 years," said GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson.
The new paint shop includes upgrades in technology, and will occupy a new building at Fairfax, with new tooling, robots, environmental and efficiency enhancements. Some of the upgrades include up to 20% smaller footprint, up to 50% less energy use per vehicle and reduced Volatile Organic Compound emissions; GM-patented Radiant Tub Ovens; Thin Film Technology; and Hyper Throw E-COAT, the company said.
In the stamping facility, the upgraded AA3X press will replace the current middle press used to create some of the structural reinforcements for vehicle body frames. The upgraded press is expected to enhance quality and reduce waste through accuracy, the company added.
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