GM Arlington Presses First Parts at $200 Million Body Shop

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The first of three mammoth stamping presses is up and running at General Motors' newest stamping facility here. The $200 million contiguous stamping plant announced in 2012 adds 180 jobs to GM's Arlington manufacturing complex and is one of 10 contiguous stamping operations globally that started production in the last five years.

The first Arlington-stamped product was a 2014 Cadillac Escalade on display at the site's official grand opening attended by Tim Lee, executive vice president, global manufacturing and Chairman, GM China. He said the success of the company and its vehicles lies with its UAW-GM employees.

"Our stamping team takes GM's creative designs and makes them a reality, forming metal into shapes that please our customers and define a product's identity," Lee said. "They ensure hundreds of metal parts come together to fit snugly, but open and close with ease. And they produce perfectly smooth body panels so our paint shops can apply a pristine coat of paint for our customers."

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