General Motors Invests $600 Million in Fairfax Plant

General Motors has announced that it’ll be investing $600 million into its Fairfax Assembly and Stamping Plant, which will include the building of a new 450,000 square-foot paint shop and installation of a new stamping press and other upgrades.

The $600-million investment will be one of the largest plant investments ever for the American automaker, building on nearly $2 billion that has already been invested into the Fairfax plant over the last 10 years. Construction at the 3.2-million square-foot plant will begin later this year and is expected to take two years to complete.

The new paint shop will house plenty of new-age technology helping it deliver a 20-percent smaller footprint, with energy savings of 50 percent per vehicle. In addition, GM’s patented radiant tub ovens will be used, designed to utilize 20 percent less natural gas and 40 percent less electricity.

As for the stamping facility, the automaker will use an upgraded AA3X press that will replace the current middle press that’s used to create some of the structural reinforcements on GM’s vehicles’ body frames.

The Fairfax plant currently builds the Buick LaCrosse and the Chevrolet Malibu.

GALLERY: General Motors Fairfax Plant


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