The biggest GM investment in US warehousing and logistics in 40 years broke ground today in Burton, Michigan. The 141-acre lot is now on its way to becoming the centerpiece of the company's ACDelco and Genuine GM service parts distribution network.

"GM is executing a focused and disciplined strategy to improve our core business and position the company for the future, guided by our vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion," said Tim Turvey, GM Global VP, Customer Car and Aftersales. "Our new facility in Burton will help us deliver that future. And projects like this only become a reality when you have great teamwork and true collaboration, like we have with the City of Burton, the UAW and NorthPoint Development."

The processing facility is set to open in 2019 and will contain 1.1 million square feet of floor space, making it twice the size of GM's current parts processing plant, just a few miles away. With 84 shipping and receiving docks (up from the current warehouse's 35), it will employ 700 hourly and salaried staff.

Like the current warehouse, GM is working to make the coming warehouse landfill free and it will use energy-efficient LED lights. The warehouse's power will be managed by a sophisticated system designed to reduce energy consumption to a minimum.

The existing warehouse will close, after more than 12 years of service, following the opening of the Burton processing facility.