Building them big in Texas

Arlington plant reaches 60-year milestone

Eric Kaminsky - February 23, 2014 11:00 AM


Chevrolet Tahoes and Suburbans are among the SUVs produced at the Arlington plant.


Raw sheet metal is stamped into automotive parts at the GM Arlington Stamping plant.

Photo by Mike Stone for General Motors

Aerial shot of GM Arlington Assembly Plant (in middle of photo).

AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium) is in the distance.

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The General Motors Arlington Assembly Plant has been producing vehicles since 1954, when a four-door black Pontiac Chieftain rolled off the line. Since then, nearly 10 million cars and trucks have been produced.

The plant switched from making cars to trucks in 1997, and now is the only facility that makes GM’s full size SUVs – the Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade. All new, completely redesigned 2015 models will be produced there starting later this year.

It has grown in size from its original 1.25 million square feet to 4.375 million square feet, with the most recent addition being a $200 million sheet metal stamping facility, which opened in October 2013. The plant employed 1,850 when it opened in 1954; it now employs nearly 4,600, assisted by 1,010 robots.

The plant is located not far from AT&T Stadium, home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.