General Motors today announced plans to open a new supplier park to support future vehicle production at its Arlington Assembly. The new park is expected to house up to 1,250 employees, including bringing more than 850 new jobs to Arlington, Texas. The park is expected to be operational in 2018.
The new supplier park will consist of two industrial manufacturing and warehouse buildings comprising more than 1.2 million square feet. GM estimates nearly 600 of the new manufacturing and professional jobs created in these facilities will replace work previously done outside of the U.S.
One of the GM suppliers that will be introducing operations to Arlington is International Automotive Components (IAC) Group, a Luxembourg-based interiors supplier company founded by billionaire investor and current U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
IAC will supply the bulk of the truck's interiors, including consoles, instrument panels and door trim.
The company owns 8 plants in Mexico located in the cities of Toluca, Queretaro, Puebla, Santa Catarina, Saltillo, Ramos Arizpe, Arteaga and Hermosillo.
Is not clear if the production shift will result in loss of jobs at any of the Mexican facilities. Other GM suppliers that have been required to shift production lines out of Mexico normally replace the output with new products for some other customer.