General Motors upgrading plant in Kansas City
February 20, 2013 by James
General Motors (GM) has announced that it will be investing $600m to upgrade its Fairfax Assembly plant – work is expected to be completed within the next two years.
GM will be building a new 450,000 square foot paint shop, as well as enhancements to the efficiency of the plant.
The Fairfax Assembly plant manufactures the Buick La Crosse and the Chevrolet Malibu. The company will also receive $125m in tax incentives and industrial revenue bonds to help with the upgrade. The upgrade of the plant will provide many long-term construction jobs in the community, as well as guarantee that the 4,000 current employees of the plant will hold onto their jobs in the future. Kansas governor Sam Brownback has stated that the plant upgrade will be a boon to the economy of the state.
GM is one of Kansas City’s largest employers. Those who work at the plant no doubt reside in Kansas City or in suburbs such as Overland Park. It is possible that the community will be informed of this upcoming upgrade via marketing products designed and printed by local print companies. This could include flyers to be inserted in local newspapers, sent through the mail system, or distributed to local media to help them spread the word about this boost to the city.
This is only one investment that GM is making in its North American facilities; the company has stated that it is investing $1.5bn to upgrade existing plants.