Jeff Smith, NBC 5
General Motors’ new metal stamping plant in Arlington officially opens Monday.
General Motor’s new metal stamping plant in Arlington officially opens Monday.
The 300-ton stamping press makes metal parts for the new line of GM sport utility vehicles -- specifically the full-size Chevrolet Tahoes, Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades.
The press quite literally stamps out the doors, hood, fenders and other metal parts used for the vehicles. With five presses in the press line, GM estimates there is more than 1,500 tons per total press.
The process begins as plant workers inspect and transport massive pallets of flat metal and feed them into the press.
“There are five dies, and the first die forms the part and then you keep trimming and pierce it down to the last of the dies to get a finished part,” said stamping plant supervisor, Tim McLean.
“It's a robot line, so the robot takes the parts from press to press, and at the end of the line the operators inspect and load the panels into the racks to validate the quality of the parts,” McLean added.
After the parts are stamped, they’re transported one aisle over to the plant’s “Body Shop” — about 100 feet away — and assembled onto the vehicle body.
GM supervisors said 180 new jobs were added because of the new stamping facility.
The stamping press has been operational for a few weeks to make sure it works properly. The first vehicle made with metal parts stamped from the Arlington facility was on display during a factory tour.
The plant will get two more stamping presses over the next year.
Right now, about 1,200 GM vehicles are made daily at the Arlington plant.