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    GM Invests $600 Million in Fairfax Plant

    GM Invests $600 Million in Fairfax Plant
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    January 28, 2013

    General Motors today 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.

    It is one of GM’s largest plant investments ever, and builds on nearly $2 billion invested in Fairfax in the last decade. Earlier this month, GM announced it would invest $1.5 billion in North American facilities in 2013. This Fairfax investment comprises a large part of that commitment.

    Construction at the 3.2-million-square-foot plant begins later this year and is expected to take about two years to complete, increasing the footprint of the plant by about 15 percent to 3.7 million-square-feet. Vehicle production schedules will be unaffected by the construction, keeping the plant’s three shifts of nearly 4,000 hourly and salaried employees on the job.

    “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 all-new paint shop includes substantial upgrades in technology, and will occupy a new building at Fairfax, with new tooling, robots and state-of-the-art environmental and efficiency enhancements.

    Some of the upgrades include:

    • Up to 20-percent smaller footprint, up to 50-percent less energy use per vehicle and reduced Volatile Organic Compound emissions
    • GM-patented Radiant Tub Ovens, designed to use 20 percent less natural gas and 40 percent less electricity
    • Thin Film Technology, which reduces water use and maintenance and eliminates hazardous chemicals from the waste stream
    • Hyper Throw E-COAT, which places more coating in cavities and recesses for optimal corrosion protection.

    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 greater accuracy.

    "The United Auto Workers have proudly built vehicles in Fairfax for decades and looks forward to being part of the upgrades that will be taking place in the plant," said UAW Vice President Joe Ashton, who directs the union's GM Department. "This commitment to the future of the plant and the workforce is a reminder to all of us that we build the world's best vehicles, with the world's best people."

    GM’s Fairfax Assembly Plant has a rich and important history in Kansas City, dating to 1945. The plant has employed several hundred thousand people over nearly 70 years, built some of GM’s best vehicles, and, during World War II, was the first industrial facility to make automobiles and jet fighters in the same building. The current plant opened in 1987. Since beginning production in Kansas City in 1945, more than 12 million GM vehicles have been built at Fairfax.

    The Fairfax plant currently builds the Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu. The Malibu was the first 2013 midsize car to earn a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program and a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Buick LaCrosse eAssist model was named among the “Best of What’s New” technologies by Popular Science magazine.

    “General Motors is one of the largest employers in Kansas and Kansas City and this announcement plays an important role in continuing to grow the economy of Kansas,” said Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. “We build great things in Kansas and GM’s commitment means we will continue to do so for years to come.”

    Fairfax by the numbers

    • Year opened (current facility): 1987
    • Employees: 3,877 (3,561 hourly / 316 salaried)
    • Union: UAW Local 31
    • Facility size: 572 acres
    • Manufacturing area: 85 acres under roof
    • Manufacturing floor space: 3,044,561 square feet (pre-construction)
    • Vehicles produced in 2012: 283,213

    Decade of Investments

    • $20 million in 2011 for upgrades related to the LaCrosse eAssist,
    • $136 million in 2010 for the New Generation Malibu
    • $158 million in 2009 for the launch of the all-new Buick LaCrosse
    • $208 million in 2007 for the launch of the all-new Chevrolet Malibu
    • $651 million in 2006 for the launch of the all-new Saturn Aura
    • $722 million in 2003 for the launch of the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu

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    Re: GM Invests $600 Million in Fairfax Plant

    Almost half of this year's plant investment budget going into the plant that produces the sales dud called Malibu? Sounds foolish to me.

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    Re: GM Invests $600 Million in Fairfax Plant

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe in T.O. View Post
    Almost half of this year's plant investment budget going into the plant that produces the sales dud called Malibu? Sounds foolish to me.
    Except infrastructure investments are for production, not design.

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    Re: GM Invests $600 Million in Fairfax Plant

    Quote Originally Posted by ne_one View Post
    Except infrastructure investments are for production, not design.
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    Re: GM Invests $600 Million in Fairfax Plant

    More Machines, fewer humans?


    Seems like a lot of money for cost/energy saves, maybe GM knows something we don't?


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    Re: GM Invests $600 Million in Fairfax Plant

    Quote Originally Posted by Novak454 View Post
    Fleet sales, here we come!!
    Malibu fleet sales will go though the roof no matter what. Once the old W-body Impala ceases production I bet 90% of fleet sales go to the Malibu. Just my opinion... As long as GM doesn't take a page out of the Chrysler playbook and make 90% of Malibu sales fleet, then it isn't a big deal.

    Amazing some of the efficiencies that will be acheived with the upgrades to the plant - "up to 50-percent less energy use per vehicle". Is it that Fairfax was behind the times or are the new processes just that good?

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    Re: GM Invests $600 Million in Fairfax Plant

    It will be the future Epsilon replacement that should see the extent of these expansions I would think! The question is will it be a the new GM/PSA based FWD mid-sized platform?

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    Re: GM Invests $600 Million in Fairfax Plant

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe in T.O. View Post
    Almost half of this year's plant investment budget going into the plant that produces the sales dud called Malibu? Sounds foolish to me.
    Both the Malibu and Lacrosse that are currently being produced at Fairfax are both getting updates very soon. I would bet that these plant upgrades partially have to do with the updates coming to these cars.
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    Re: GM Invests $600 Million in Fairfax Plant

    This was big news in the local Kansas City media - both broadcast and print. Can't confirm but Chmn Akerson was expected in town to make the announcement. The mayor of Kansas City KS and the KS governor were both to attend as well. Considered a strong vote of confidence for the Fairfax Assembly which has an excellent record of quality around GM.

    Don't expect headcount to change much. Plant is already on 3 shifts.
    Last edited by RoyG; 01-28-2013 at 07:48 PM. Reason: more info

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    Re: GM Invests $600 Million in Fairfax Plant

    This will pay benefits in the long term not the near one.

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    Re: GM Invests $600 Million in Fairfax Plant

    Sounds like good news for both GM and Kansas City. In the words of Republican Governor Brownback, who is probably glad that GM didn't go under........

    “General Motors is one of the largest employers in Kansas and Kansas City and this announcement plays an important role in continuing to grow the economy of Kansas,” said Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. “We build great things in Kansas and GM’s commitment means we will continue to do so for years to come.”

    Hopefully this will result in a newly improved Malibu, and some significant changes in the LaCrosse. The only issues I personally have with the Malibu are interior space (why did they make it smaller) and no V6. The LaCrosse needs to grow a little, along with some other "improvements"/"enhancements".....





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    Re: GM Invests $600 Million in Fairfax Plant

    GM has already told us that a better Malibu is on the way, and based on this news, a better-built Malibu is, too. No time like the present to improve the car that needs the most help in a lot of ways.

    While I've been one of the harshest critics of the 2013 Malibu, I fully expect GM's updates to address the car's most glaring shortcomings, and this investment shows that GM is committed to the car even further down the road.
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    Re: GM Invests $600 Million in Fairfax Plant

    GM’s Fairfax Assembly Plant has a rich and important history in Kansas City, dating to 1945. The plant has employed several hundred thousand people over nearly 70 years, built some of GM’s best vehicles, and, during World War II, was the first industrial facility to make automobiles and jet fighters in the same building. The current plant opened in 1987. Since beginning production in Kansas City in 1945, more than 12 million GM vehicles have been built at Fairfax.
    I like how they are playing up the rich history of Fairfax when they have closed down many other places with more history.

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    Re: GM Invests $600 Million in Fairfax Plant

    Quote Originally Posted by vanshmack View Post
    GM has already told us that a better Malibu is on the way, and based on this news, a better-built Malibu is, too. No time like the present to improve the car that needs the most help in a lot of ways.

    While I've been one of the harshest critics of the 2013 Malibu, I fully expect GM's updates to address the car's most glaring shortcomings, and this investment shows that GM is committed to the car even further down the road.
    As expected very well said, and very quality commentary.

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    Re: GM Invests $600 Million in Fairfax Plant

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe in T.O. View Post
    Almost half of this year's plant investment budget going into the plant that produces the sales dud called Malibu? Sounds foolish to me.
    It will take 2 years to get it running, by then we will either have a better Malibu or another product, they have invested OVER 2 BILLION in the plant since 2003..

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