General Motors Co. is considering an expansion of its Arlington, Texas, assembly plant to boost production of the large sport-utility vehicles, according to documents filed with the city government of the Dallas suburb.
GM officials have said for months the Arlington plant is running full out to keep up with demand for full-size Chevrolet Suburbans and Tahoes, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades. The full-size SUVs are also in great demand in the Middle East and Africa and nearly one third of the plant’s output has been ticketed for export.
The tentative plans, which haven’t been confirmed by GM, call for adding 1.2 million square feet of space to the plant, adding 589 jobs. The plant currently employs 4,125, more than the required level, the city said. GM has filed a petition with the city government in Arlington asking for tax abatement of 80% for 10 years on the expanded plant and its equipment and waiving building permit and development fees. (more…)