Scott Hayes secures the battery in a Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid at the General Motors Fairfax Assembly and Stamping Plant Monday, January 28, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas. The Fairfax plant produces the Buick LaCrosse and the Malibu. Photo courtesy GM.
General Motors is investing $600 million in its Fairfax Assembly and Stamping Plant, which builds the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse. The automaker is using the investment to upgrade the plant, including adding a new 450,000 sq. ft. paint shop and installing a new stamping press. The automaker said vehicle production won’t be affected by the upgrades, and that the new paint shop will be housed in a new building.
The paint shop will have a smaller footprint and use up to 50% less energy per vehicle and will use Hyper Throw E-COAT, which will place more coating in vehicle cavities for improved corrosion protection. The upgraded stamping facility will get a new press that the automaker expects to enhance product quality and reduce waste.
GM said this is one of its largest plant investments ever and is part of its $2 billion commitment that the automaker has invested in the Fairfax plant in the last decade.