By on April 10, 2015


General Motors is looking to expand its factory in Arlington, Texas to help boost production of its SUVs.

Reuters reports the expansion would cost $1.3 billion, and would add 1.2 million square feet and 589 jobs in so doing. The additional jobs would also raise the city’s minimum employment requirement at Arlington Assembly to 3,179; the plant currently employs 4,125, nearly 1,000 employees above the requirement.

The city council is proposing an 80-percent tax reduction over the next 10 years on the plant and its equipment, as well as waive building permit and development fees. The council will vote on approving a reinvestment zone at Arlington Assembly next Tuesday, with the vote on incentives to come April 28 should the zone be approved.

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45 Comments on “General Motors Looking Toward Arlington Assembly Expansion...”

  • avatar

    Hoping they use the expansion to build a lowered version of these big BOF beasts. I’m trying to think of a good name…maybe Caprice Wagon?

    • 0 avatar

      Let us have a moment of silence for the B-bodys that were built in Arlington.

    • 0 avatar
      Compaq Deskpro

      If you can make a car tall and call it a truck, why can’t you make a truck short and call it a car?

      • 0 avatar

        Because everyone (except a few crazy enthusiasts) who actually wants a BOF vehicle now wants a tall vehicle. And a lot of the buyers of these BOF vehicles buy them because of the tall and in spite of the BOF.

        • 0 avatar

          Yup. A significant percentage of Americans really do ‘need’ large, tall vehicles because their weight and/or physical infirmity makes it difficult for them to get into a car.

      • 0 avatar

        Compaq Deskpro – Ford stopped making the Crown Vic. That thing was more truck like than any new Ram 1500.

    • 0 avatar

      GM is reportedly investing a billion USD into its world engineering HQ that is the GM Technical Center in Warren, MI (a one square mile facility) and surrounding area, also:

      GM to add 2,500 jobs, invest $1B at Warren Tech Center

      By Christina Hall and Greg Gardner , Detroit Free Press
      15 hours ago

      • 0 avatar

        Not a single mention of Cadillac in there. Impressive.

        • 0 avatar

          DeadWeight is a smart and perceptive commenter as long as you keep him away from either Cadillac or monetary policy.

          • 0 avatar

            dal20402 – but that is where his best material comes from ;)

          • 0 avatar

            Dal, I’ll debate you anywhere, anytime regarding either anything Cadillac or monetary policy matters, and win, by any objective and/or empirical standards.

            The loser has to buy a Cadillac ATS at full MSRP (I can’t think of any possible worse punishment).

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            Having to drive the [base 2.5] ATS on Northeastern roads for a entire lease period.

          • 0 avatar

            The base ATS with the POS 2.5 liter that feels like it was built in Guangzhou, China is definitely the worst version, but the 2.0T isn’t such a great (or even decent) motor, either, and the 3.6 DI GM motor is average at best.

            They could literally stick a BMW inline 6 or the best of any Honda motor in an ATS and it would only make it marginally less insufferable.

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    I’d like to see what one of these K2XX SUVs looks like with the air dam removed.

    • 0 avatar
      Compaq Deskpro

      Probably like this, kind of awkward.

      • 0 avatar

        Not that awkward. That bumper is chopped from stock.

        It looks normal from a distance. Up close, it looks unfinished as there are visible fittings for the airdam on the bumper.

        It also costs a couple of mpg on the highway.

    • 0 avatar

      Drzhivago138 – That is a pretty common mod among police fleets but they tend to add a monster bush bumper when they do. I see it mostly on rural units and special teams i.e. K9 and ERT (Emergency Response Team/SWAT)

      I’m not a fan of the chin spoilers on any BOF SUV or pickup. I’d rather loose one MPG on the highway than plow snow or much with it until it breaks.

  • avatar

    I really hate the front of this Tahoe, with that eyeliner applied to only half the lights.

    The Yukon is better:

    But the Denali has a cheese grater on the front:×340.jpg

  • avatar

    They should reopen the Illinois plant, it’s still technically at idle correct?

    The Demand exists for these SUVs but it doesn’t help that they are priced like luxury vehicles.

    • 0 avatar
      Mr. K

      Hummer said:

      …They should reopen the Illinois plant, it’s still technically at idle correct?

      I’m sure they made the best decision for GM, not some city or other.

      …The Demand exists for these SUVs but it doesn’t help that they are priced like luxury vehicles.

      What do you think they are?

      How many do they sell as Buick station wagons and how many as work trucks?

    • 0 avatar

      There’s an active parts warehouse in Bolingbrook.
      The Danville foundry closed back in the 90s.

    • 0 avatar

      Hummer, a couple of days ago when I first read this story elsewhere, I mentioned it to RobertRyan.

      I also found it peculiar that GM would focus on expanding the plant in Texas, when they should have been focusing on rehabilitating the plants in the Northern ‘tier.

      Maybe it has something to do with “Right-To-Work”.

      One thing for sure, the days of the midsize $40K trucks are here, and $50K for a full-size truck is now the norm.

    • 0 avatar

      Janesville Wisconsin, not Illinois.

      Ford, Chrysler, and Mitsu all have assembly operations in IL.

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    87 Morgan

    Demand for these rigs to me, directly correlates with the lack of availability of the Town Car.

    We still call it black car service, or a town car because it sounds better than Suburban.
    The airport pick up line is where is see the most new Suburbans.

    • 0 avatar

      87 Morgan – I agree. The departure of the Crown Vic has left a big gap in the fleet market. I see way more police spec Tahoe’s than Ford Explorer’s.

  • avatar

    Before bankruptcy, GM also built Tahoes, etc, in Janesville, WI, and Trailblazers in Moraine OH.

    Interestingly, the Arlington plant “just made it” in the 1990s. GM had 2 plants making (the last of its) rear-drive Caprices, Impalas (cop/taxi), Cadillacs–Arlington TX and Willow Run, MI. After going back and forth, they kept Arlington open.

    They could use the trucks now, but the fad will pass. They should just run the current plant at max OT, and sell more expensive versions to dampen demand.

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    “The city council is proposing an 80-percent tax reduction over the next 10 years on the plant and its equipment, as well as waive building permit and development fees.”

    So the usual leeching from the public purse continues apace. As if GM were going to move the existing plant if the council didn’t give away free money.

    It’ll be interesting if the US ever signs a free-trade deal with the EC, because this kind of BS is examined closely. Of course, before this kind of thing gets banned, as a business you might as well sow fear and push that snout as far into the trough as you can.

    Did China subsidize car plants? Of course not. They relied on capitalist greed to pay the bills.

    • 0 avatar

      wmba – true. Part of the reason manufacturing was offshored is the fact that China did not care about workplace safety or environmental damage. Capitalistic greed always takes the path of least resistance. Morality and ethics are words in a dictionary and courses to take that look good on a resume.

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        Lou_BC, that has been going on since the beginning of industrial time, all over the globe. Capitalistic greed is what built and developed this planet, and we as humanity are better off because of it.

        How many of these modern-day green weenies would want to go back to live in the agrarian days without cellphones or PCs?

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          highdesertcat – did I mention ” green weenies”?

          “we as humanity are better off because of it”

          Ummm……just the part of humanity that is in your particular demographic.

          Easy to be a cheerleader for the doctrine “the end justifies the means” when you aren’t at the bottom of the food chain.

          You’ve said before that you are a Christian……… was Jesus a Capitalist?

          I find it odd that those whom allege to be part of the moral Christian majority support right wing views that are in conflict with their religious beliefs.

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            Lou_BC, I don’t wear my being a Catholic on my sleeve, because that is how I was raised. I didn’t have a choice. But I do believe in hard work to get ahead. Even atheists are successful when they apply themselves, as are muslims and jews.

            It is truly amazing how far I have come from the kid born in Huntington Beach, CA in 1947 to where I am today and I attribute it all to my hard work.

            A long time ago I reconciled myself with the fact that there will always be people who “have” and people who “have not.” When I started in life I was one of the “have nots.”

            I resolved to be one of the people who “have.” The only way I knew how to do that and to get to that stage in life and society from where I began was to apply myself and work hard for everything I wanted.

            And I often did the dirty deeds that had to be done because the end that I had in mind, justified my means to get me there. I don’t see that from being any different from corporations and employers who work for their shareholders or owners.

            The views I support are not in conflict with my religious beliefs, but they are in conflict with all those yo-yos who believe that society, employers and governments “owe” them something for nothing.

            In order to get ahead, an individual has to apply himself or herself. And there are indeed life-long perpetual losers in the world. Those are the people who try and try again and never succeed.

            Those are the breaks. Such is life. Life is a b!tch. And it’s Hell after that.

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            highdesertcat – we have grown to the point where we as a race can start trying to overcome our primitive survival mechanisms. Capitalism is to a great degree a prime example of those mechanisms at work. We tend to function based on the need to generate progeny and ensure their survival. Anyone that isn’t in our bloodlines or not close i.e. tribe is either a threat or source of exploitation.

            It is true that there are perpetual losers and those that actually do not want to work and will always live off the wealth generated by others. That occurs when one is on social assistance or happens to be the progeny of the filthy rich.

            Humanity is better off only if one is not from the groups that have been “capitalized upon”. That has nothing to do with being a loser or a welfare bum.

            I too was baptized and raised Catholic and still am but I tend to be pragmatic and distrustful of doctrine or dogma. Pope Francis was questioned about things such as gay rights and other hot button topics and a rough paraphrase was, ” we need to focus less on doctrine and more on helping people”.

            I’m not the one that went down this path you did. Reasonable environmental stewardship is different than the green weenie agenda.

            Capitalism works but not if it is regulated by greed.

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            Lou_BC, I respect your point of view and I’m all for REASONABLE environmental stewardship. But in America, that stewardship is no longer reasonable. It has become oppressive, affecting those who create and provide jobs the most.

            To complicate things further, the top 20% earners in America pay 84% of all the taxes, while the bottom 20% of America’s population live off the blood, sweat and tears of the taxpayers.

            Because of that inconvenient truth, I gravitate toward capitalism and its greed-driven goals and profits, anyday.

            Were it not for my own personal greed, I would never have worked myself out of the doldrums of poverty where I started.

            But in reality, it isn’t about what you earn or make. It’s more about what you get to keep.

            I’m against paying taxes to support the non-working, perpetually lazy and chronically obsessed free loaders. Better to give them a job than for me and likeminded to support them with our taxes.

            OTOH, I have compassion for those truly in need, and I help them directly through various ways and means, locally.

            (I’m not much for contributing to national organizations because I believe that most of that money is wasted on overhead, advertisements, money raising promotions, admin costs, outlandish perks for employees, etc.)

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            …..To complicate things further, the top 20% earners in America pay 84% of all the taxes, while the bottom 20% of America’s population live off the blood, sweat and tears of the taxpayers…..

            Of course they do. Not surprising since the top 10% take home 45% of the country’s income. That 45% of all income comes from the blood sweat and tears of the middle class below them that make it possilbe. Unless they are home receiving disability and whining about how unfair the wealthy are being treated.

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            “…was Jesus a Capitalist?”

            Not much point wasting time building capital stock, when one can simply turn water into wine…..

            Jesus was certainly not in favor of self (nor “community-“) appointed holier-than-thous applying force to make people behave in ways they otherwise would not have.

            I have my doubts he would be in favor of lawyers demanding Texas style lynching of random Chinese children over “Intellectual property Theft” simply for daring to draw a mouse, either. So certain parts of what passes for capitalism today may well be a bit hard to swallow for a Christian. But not the notion than the Pharisees should stay the heck out of it. It being everything.

            Anyway, like all sensible people (and genuine Uber people), Jesus was likely an anarchist. As in, a libertarian who has come to realize even basic property protection, is more than any conceivable government ought to be trusted with.

    • 0 avatar

      Where did you learn such utter rubbish?

    • 0 avatar

      So companies pursue these local tax abatements, then they whine to the press that they can’t find skilled workers. Maybe they could offer vocational education if you didn’t gut the public school tax base.

      • 0 avatar

        The local governments extend the tax abatements in the hopes that skilled workers will be attracted to move to that area and fatten up the tax base. The rising tide raises all boats syndrome.

        It worked for Rio Rancho, NM, also the nouveau riche oil states like the Dakotas and Montana. People moved there in droves. Price of housing skyrocketed. Many formerly poor people became wealthy overnight. Revenues went up.

        It has worked for a large extent for Texas as well whenever they succeed to rip a business entity away from California, for instance, and see a lot of people move with that company to Texas.

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          In older communities local tax incentives for industries are not so much about labor as about infrastructure – roads, highways, sewer systems, gas and electric utilities, schools, hospitals and, of course, the private stock of residential and commercial structures. Do you just let that decay, or do you use tax abatements to attract new employment to replace that lost or to maintain existing employment?

          The correct answer is empirical – ultimately, a hard-headed business decision. Windsor, Ontario went for the latter. Detroit, Michigan for the former. Examples abound. The American west is full of ghost towns where decay and abandonment was the obvious right choice.

          I have known Arlington, Texas since it was a country town on the east side of Fort Worth. Now, it is an ageing suburb embedded in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Its political leadership started with Tom Vandegriff and continues. A more savvy bunch of local sharpies you will seldom find. Personally, I would start with the premise that they did the right thing and then work backwards to determine why.

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            jimbob457, “The American west is full of ghost towns where decay and abandonment was the obvious right choice.”

            That’s correct, and I see that as the natural progression of American society, dynamic, constantly on the move. The birth, life and death of cities.

            Just look at the San Francisco area, Santa Clara, San Jose. Before the dotcom boom they were quaint, mostly unknown. Today most Americans can not afford to live there.

            Things change. Look at the new oil-boom towns versus the old oil-boom towns. The new ones and vibrant, alive, growing, expanding. The old ones barely hanging on, even with fracking injecting new lifeblood into them.

            The successful towns and cities will continue to grow. The unsuccessful ones will die off.

            Arlington will prosper if GM expands their plant there. But the UAW probably may not, unless they succeed in recruiting all the labor into paying dues, like they’re trying to do in Tennessee and the South.

  • avatar

    I’m fine with this, more to choose from at my local downtown Enterprise location. I love when there is a Tahoe LTZ or similar Yukon, as they’re a great place to spend wasting the interstate miles and then turning down the gravel roads to meet with ranchers. Fuel mileage is on par with a Pilot or Explorer but you’ve got a lot more power and real 4wd at your disposal. First GM I’ve considered in quite a long time, too bad I could never justify spending over $35k for any vehicle new.

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