The first pieces of equipment for General Motors' new stamping facility arrived at the Arlington assembly plant Friday.
The first shipment of massive equipment for the new $200 million Stamping Plant arrived from Houston.
General Motors mapped out a special route from Port Houston where the massive equipment was loaded onto a truck and carried 550 miles into Arlington traveling 30mph.
This delivery is the first of four shipments that will complete new 400-ton stamping presses that will press out components of GM’s upcoming line of new full-size SUVs.
“It feels great,” said Paul Graham Arlington FM Assembly Plant Manager. “This is kind of the first sign, besides the building, this is the first piece of equipment that really shows our $200 million investment and new stamping plant that we’re doing.”
“Four years ago, we were wondering what the future might hold,” said City of Arlington Economic Development Manager Bruce Payne. “General Motors as a company has done a lot turning themselves around, excellent product. I think the community is really proud to have them here.”
Nearly 200 new positions have been created for the new facility that is expected to be finished by the summer 2013.