Monday, August 31, 2015

GM Invests $877 Million for Flint Assembly Upgrades


New body facility links assembly plant with Flint Metal Center

FLINT, Mich. – General Motors’ oldest assembly plant in North America, a popular destination for pickup truck customers who want to watch their vehicles being built, will undergo transformation in the coming years.

GM officials today announced plans to invest $877 million to build a new body shop for the assembly plant, locating it closer to the Flint Metal Center, which supplies sheet metal and other parts used in the Chevrolet and GMC full-size pickups produced in the assembly plant.

The investment will also cover improvements to the general assembly area inside Flint Assembly, as well as retooling and the installation of new equipment at the plant.

“This investment will allow us to use a more innovative approach to deliver material between two critical facilities, reducing handling and the time it takes to ship parts,” said Cathy Clegg, GM North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations vice president.

Since 2011, GM has announced investments topping $1.8 billion for Flint Assembly. This includes $600 million for plant upgrades and a new standalone paint shop that is under construction and slated to open in 2016. Work on the 883,000-square-foot body shop is expected to begin in the first half of 2016, with completion slated for 2018.

“In the last several years, GM’s investments in the city of Flint have topped $2.5 billion, creating hundreds of construction jobs and an economic boost for the community,” said Flint Mayor Dayne Walling. “This investment not only strengthens the ties between GM and the city, it demonstrates that Flint continues to play an important role in the resurgence of manufacturing in Michigan and the rest of the United States.”

Opened in 1947 as part of a post-World War II building boom by GM’s Flint Assembly has produced more than 13 million vehicles. The plant’s “View Builds,” as they are called, allow customers to see their heavy-duty Silverados or heavy-duty Sierra trucks being assembled and roll off the line after a series of quality checks by members of UAW Local 598.

“While the plant has received numerous awards for initial quality and long-term durability and reliability, our latest investments in the plant will raise the bar in vehicle quality and customer satisfaction,” Clegg said.

For starters, when the new paint shop opens in 2016, trucks will be painted using a wet-coat process that results in a smoother, more durable finish. The new body shop will be constructed north of the Flint Metal Center, reducing transportation time and handling between facilities.

“This announcement is due to the hard work and dedication of our UAW members in Flint,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, who leads the UAW GM Department. “This proves once again that when we work together in a collaborative approach, UAW members continue to come up with innovative ways to grow the business, which provides jobs and improves the quality of the products we produce. This is both good for the Company and good for our members.”

Today’s announcement completes the $5.4 billion in investments GM and the UAW announced at the end of April. Since June 2009, GM has announced U.S. facility investments of approximately $17.8 billion, including $12.4 billion since the end of the 2011 UAW-GM National Agreement. These investments have created approximately 6,250 new jobs and secured 20,700 other positions. 

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Two Tire Rotation



Video shows how every car should get the new tires on the REAR of the car. Brought to you by BestWheelsOnline.com

Thursday, August 27, 2015

GM Marks Tech Center’s National Historic Landmark


National Park Service and Michigan Historic Preservation Office make site official



WARREN, Mich. – With officials from the U.S Department of the Interior, National Park Service and Michigan Historic Preservation Office on hand, General Motors  today unveiled a 5-foot-tall, 1,200-pound bethel white granite marker of its Technical Center’s selection as a National Historic Landmark.

The National Park Service selected the campus for the honor because it possesses national significance as one of the most important works of famed architect Eero Saarinen.

The dedication of the marker, which required a crane and several people to guide it into place, also was attended by Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain Mark Reuss and Vice President of GM Global Design Ed Welburn.

“When the GM Tech Center was dedicated in 1956, it was the pinnacle of engineering, design and advance technology,” Reuss said. “We recently announced a $1 billion investment that will bring new construction, significant renovation and 2,600 new jobs to the campus,” he said. The expansion of the Tech Center will continue his original design style.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pickup Packs by Highway Products



The Pickup Pack™ is a unique alternative for companies needing organized storage and lockup security without the cost of a service body and that can be easily installed on your pickup in a few hours.

Pickup Packs™ include a headache rack, two lockable low side boxes, a flat or dome center hatch, and a removable ladder rack. Other options include gullwing saddle box and an HPI Truckslide™.

Learn more at http://www.highwayproducts.com/pickup...

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Equipment Positioning Critical When Towing Equipment With Pickups



2014 Silverado towing rear_BS26003Load placement key to keeping within factory towing guidelines for a safe tow

One of the biggest mistakes pickup owners make in towing is exceeding the truck’s hitch tongue weight.

This leads to overloading the truck’s rear suspension, creating significant handling, braking and potentially serious  business liability issues.
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Moving a piece of equipment, such as a 9,000-pound Bobcat compact loader, six inches forward or back on a tandem-axle equipment trailer can change the tongue weight 600 pounds.

So load positioning is critical if you want to be in compliance with the pickup manufacturers’ towing guidelines.

Every pickup has a set limitation on how much tongue weight can be placed on the hitch (noted in the owner’s manual), and every hitch shank has a load limit (noted on the shank) as to how much it can safely support.

The two capacities ratings are not always equal, but the lowest number always takes precedence.

For instance, the majority of ½-ton pickups only allow 500 pounds of tongue weight while ¾- and 1-tons with 2-inch receivers generally max out at 1,200 pounds.

The newer HD pickups with 2 1/2-inch receivers may be rated to support up to 1,700 pounds tongue weight.


Weigh-Safe Hitch shows tongue weight right on the hitch ball mount for accurate reading.

Note: Vehicle manufacturers also require 10- to 15 percent of the trailer’s loaded weight on the hitch ball.

So if you are towing a loaded trailer that tips the scales at 9,700 pounds, you should have between 970 and 1,115 pounds on the tongue (hitch ball), with 12- percent being ideal as that gives you a little leeway toward being too heavy or too light.

Too little tongue weight leads to trailer sway — and too much adversely affects the pickup’s braking and steering.

The easiest way to ensure tongue weight is set in accordance to the pickup manufacturer’s requirements is to use a scale such as those offered by Sherline or using a built-in hitch unit from Weigh-Safe.

Sherline’s scales are capable of reading tongue weights up to 5,000 pounds, although the 2,000-pound-capacity model is sufficient for most pickup trailer towing applications.

The easiest, fastest way to check tongue weight is to use Weigh-Safe’s adjustable-height drop-shank system. It has a built-in scale that shows tongue weights up to 1,500 pounds.



Sherline scale accurately measures trailer tongue weight.

Using Sherline’s scale requires placing the scale under the trailer coupler and slowly lifting it with a floor jack into the coupler until the jack is supporting the weight of the trailer tongue.

For both weigh systems, read the dial on the scale. If the weight is too high or too low, adjust the position of the load or equipment on the trailer until the number is correct.

If a piece of equipment is going to be hauled on the same trailer all the time, it’s good to paint or mark the trailer bed to indicate where the bucket edge or a tire needs to be positioned to keep that weight balance correct. – Bruce W. Smith



By Bruce W. Smith

Source: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/equipment-positioning-critical-when-towing-equipment-with-pickups/?utm_source=daily-responsive-1&utm_medium=email&utm_content=07-24-2015&utm_campaign=HWT&ust_id=e2e69cf73e

Friday, August 21, 2015

OnStar Tops 1 Billion Customer Interactions

Customers reach out via phone, mobile app 
and through their vehicles

DETROIT – OnStar has fielded more than 1 billion requests from customers, who interact by phone, mobile app or embedded cellular service in their cars and trucks.

Launched nearly 19 years ago as an industry-first service that would place a call from the vehicle when an air bag deployed, OnStar today remotely unlocks doors, loads driving directions directly to the vehicle, compiles and sends emails on vehicle health and can aid law enforcement by slowing down a vehicle being pursued.

A customer contacts OnStar every two seconds. That adds up to about 5 million calls a month from its subscriber base of more than 7 million. Add 8.8 million interactions a month from the RemoteLink mobile app and you can see how indispensable OnStar has become since launching on three Cadillac models in 1996.

“OnStar created the original connected car in 1996 and today remains at the forefront of innovation through the services offered in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac and soon, Opel vehicles around the globe,” said Alicia Boler-Davis, senior vice president, General Motors Global Connected Customer Experience.

“The pace at which the brand has reached 1 billion interactions shows the vast customer demand for vehicle connectivity and there’s no doubt our second billion interactions will come even quicker.”

By the numbers, here is what 1 billion interactions looks like:

•    5.5 million Emergency Services delivered, including when Bernadette Holzer was driving her Chevrolet Equinox in Tionesta, Penn., triggering an Automatic Crash Response and OnStar’s Crisis Assist service helping Jacqueline Teeters avoid a tornado while driving from Houston to Dallas.

•    156 million RemoteLink Mobile App requests, including Tysha Gill unlocking her car from her smartphone when her keys were locked inside.

•    More than 270 million Turn-by-Turn Navigation requests, including helping Diana Richard find a gas station late at night when she was traveling from Virginia to Ohio.

•    Delivered Roadside Assistance more than 3.9 million times, including bringing gas to Lixi Cacho who was stranded in a remote area

•    More than 800,000 Good Samaritan calls, including Tyler Andrews from Dallas being named OnStar’s “Good Samaritan of the Year” for helping an unresponsive motorist.

•    More than 390 million Vehicle Diagnostic reports delivered, including helping Debbie Yaeger and her 9-year-old daughter on a drive from Florida to Ohio.

•    More than 350 stolen vehicles slowed down. Mississippi State Senator Terry Burton used Stolen Vehicle Assistance to recover his stolen Chevrolet Impala.

OnStar has even helped deliver babies and works with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

In honor of the milestone, OnStar has provided loyal subscribers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and China with a year of premium OnStar service. Top performing OnStar advisors in each market were honored as well.

Before becoming known as OnStar, the original name for the service was Project Beacon. Its goal was integrating wireless communication into vehicles, years before mass adoption of smartphones.

In the fall of 1996, OnStar debuted in the Cadillac DeVille, Seville and Eldorado. The service initially offered Airbag Deployment Notifications, the core of OnStar’s safety and security premise, which progressed into Automatic Crash Response that uses sensors capable of determining the severity of a crash impact and alerting an OnStar emergency advisor to assist. OnStar today responds to more than 100,000 emergency calls every month.

OnStar features have expanded to convenience services such as Turn-by-Turn Navigation, which is used 3.8 million times every month to download driver-requested directions to the vehicle. OnStar also sends more than 4 million vehicle diagnostic emails each month, providing up-to-date checks on a vehicle’s key operating systems.

RemoteLink enables its 1.5 million active users to lock and unlock their vehicle, start the engine and access vehicle diagnostics such as tire pressure and oil life from their mobile devices.

“We need to provide an overall customer experience that will keep customers coming back for life,” said Boler-Davis. “To do that, we need to meet customers on their terms and offer them a variety of choices. We realize every customer is different.”

OnStar services include OnStar 4G LTE, a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot inside properly equipped 2015 and newer model year vehicles. More than 1 million Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC vehicles on the road in the U.S. and Canada have OnStar 4G LTE. The service will be available in China and Europe later this year.

New OnStar services include Smart Driver Assessment, through which consenting drivers can get feedback on their driving habits for potential insurance discounts, and Advanced Diagnostics, which includes real-time and proactive vehicle health alerts.

OnStar, a wholly owned subsidiary of GM Holdings LLC (“GM”) that launched in 1996, offers in-vehicle safety, security and connectivity services in Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick-GMC models, including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, RemoteLink mobile app and 4G LTE Wi-Fi. Along with its affiliate Shanghai OnStar Telematics Co. Ltd (a joint venture involving OnStar and SAIC General Motors), OnStar has 7 million subscribers in North America and China. In 2015, OnStar recorded its 1 billionth customer interaction, topped more than 1 million 4G LTE Wi-Fi equipped-vehicles, and launched in Opel/Vauxhall.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

2.8L Duramax rounds out the 2016 GMC midsize pickup power offerings

GMC introduced the 2016 Canyon diesel today – featuring an all-new powertrain that expands the Canyon’s already class-leading capabilities, including trailering capacity of up to 7,700 pounds in the 2WD model and 7,600 pounds in the 4x4s.

The new 181hp 2.8L Duramax diesel, which is shared with the Chevrolet Colorado and adds $3,730 to the sticker price, pumps out 369 lb-ft of torque and will be available this fall.
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It’s estimated to deliver greater highway fuel economy than the Canyon’s segment-topping gas engines, with highway estimates nearing 30mpg.  The new Duramax is also the cleanest diesel truck engine ever from General Motors.

Several new technologies and supporting features complement the Duramax diesel’s capability while helping ensure GMC’s trademark refinement:

  •     Standard Hydra-Matic 6L50 six-speed automatic transmission matched with a Centrifugal Pendulum Vibration Absorber in the torque converter, which reduces powertrain noise and vibration
  •     Smart diesel exhaust brake system that enhances vehicle control and reduces brake wear on steep grades
  •     An all-new integrated trailer brake controller is standard and exclusive on diesel models
  •     A new, electronically controlled two-speed transfer case on 4WD models.

  •       2016 GMC Canyon SLE and SLT models will get the option ($3,730) of the 2.8L diesel this fall.

2016 GMC Canyon SLE and SLT models will get the option ($3,730) of the 2.8L diesel this fall.


“The new Duramax diesel takes the GMC Canyon’s award-winning capabilities to a new level in its segment,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing.

The new Duramax diesel is offered on SLE and SLT Crew Cab models, with 2WD or 4WD. It is priced $3,730 more than a comparably equipped Canyon V-6 model.

All diesel-equipped models feature the Trailering package, which includes a hitch receiver and seven-pin connector, as well as the segment-exclusive automatic locking rear differential, a 3.42 rear axle ratio and four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife™ brake rotors. Capacities include:

  •     Maximum trailering rating of 7,700 pounds (3,492 kg) for 2WD models and 7,600 pounds (3,447 kg) for 4WD
  •     Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings of 6,000 pounds (2,721 kg) for 2WD and 6,200 pounds (2,812 kg) for 4WD.

Source:  http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/gmc-canyon-duramax-diesel-arrives/




Monday, August 17, 2015

Rugby Manufacturing Introduces HD Rancher



Rugby Manufacturing (Rugby, North Dakota) introduced an all-new Rugby HD Rancher Body, ideal for heavier duty construction and landscape applications, as well as oil field operations. Designed for maximum durability, the HD Rancher offers several enhanced features including an upgraded 3/16-inch tread plate floor, 7 gauge formed cross-members with 12-inch spacing, 12-gauge bulkhead sheet and a 3/8-inch tie down rail.

The HD Rancher is also available with a B&W Turnoverball™ Gooseneck Hitch that allows a flat surface with no cutouts in the floor.  Five models of the new HD Rancher are available ranging in length from 9 feet 3 inches to 12 feet.

For more information, visit www.rugbymfg.com.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

THE TRUCK BODY LANDSCAPERS DREAM ABOUT

PLB-090B Landscaper Body on a GM 3500 chassis with a KPLS-942463A Storage Pack and Solid Rear Cargo Gate


Versatility and functionality meet with Knapheide's Landscaper Body. Our Landscaper Body was designed to do the jobs that other landscaper bodies can't.

Want to transfer mulch, dirt, or sand into a wheelbarrow without spilling half of it?  Our metering gate can handle it.  Want to load pallets of sod into the bed?  Our 50" wide side access door that opens to a full 180 degrees is perfect for the job.  Want a hassle-proof way of climbing into the bed to retrieve your equipment?  Our grab handle and step has got you covered.  No matter if you need to haul or dump, the landscaper body can do it all.  Add on some external secure storage with our storage packs or under body roughneck toolboxes.

Find out more at: http://www,knapheide.com/product/landscaper-bodies


Thursday, August 13, 2015

GMC Dually Rear Sway Bar Install


LEAN ON ME:  Adding Hellwig Big Wig rear stabilizer bar improves load control and reduces body lean on heavy-duty pickups

by Bruce W Smith

Heavily loaded pickups and service bodies tend to lean a lot in corners, especially if the load in the bed is a bit top-heavy. Body lean (sway) isn’t a particularly a good thing.
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The good news is it’s easy to get under control: add a heavy-duty rear stabilizer bar.

Our 2008 GMC Sierra 3500HD Dually, Big Red, has more than 130,000 miles under its tires. The suspension is stock (sans the 6″ Cognito lift) and it still retains the firm one-ton dually ride.

But we wanted to make sure when 1,800 pounds of service body and equipment are in the bed that our Dually stays stable thorugh corners, dips and over off-camber sections on- and off-road.


So we added both front and  rear Hellwig Big Wig stabilizer bars. The bars are designed specifically for heavy-duty and lifted applications and they are built out of 4140 chromolly steel.
Hellwig Big Wig rear stabilizer bar being installed on Project Big Red at Truck Supply & Outfitters.

Stabilizer bars are an excellent suspension upgrade for a heavy-duty pickup because performance improves in several ways:
  •     Reduces body roll so you benefit from better vehicle control
  •     Improves cornering traction for safer driving and cornering capabilities
  •     Distributes weight evenly
Installing them is one of the easiest suspension upgrades. The average shop mechanic about 45 minutes to install both front and rear bars. It’s a straight-forward bolt-in upgrade.

Source: http://www.hardworkingtrucks.com/sway-control/



Tuesday, August 11, 2015

GMC Interactive Canyon Experience


Ever wondered what a new pickup might look like sitting in your driveway?

Thanks to GMC’s interactive Canyon Experience, you can find out without having to finance a new vehicle. Canyon Experience lets customers virtually “test drive” a Canyon in four lifestyle environments starting from their neighborhood – or anywhere else.


The Canyon Experience is the first with Google Maps and Google Street View technology that lets users “see” a Canyon in their neighborhood, close to their home.

“The Canyon Experience will appeal to the variety of lifestyles and interests of our very diverse audience,” says Kenn Bakowski, Canyon marketing manager. “Customers can learn about the various Canyon attributes that interest them, including capability, safety, the quiet cabin, connectivity and more.

When customers visit the site, they can choose different scenarios for their Canyon test drives – city, shore, mountains and rural. They can even ‘park’ a new Canyon close to their home to see how it looks, and share it socially.

“We set out to engage potential Canyon customers in a fun, creative way,” says Bakowski.

The Canyon Experience is designed to connect with customers in the early stages of the vehicle-buying process and is compatible with desktop (Internet Explorer 9 or higher), tablet and iOS and Android smartphones.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Knapheide + Sortimo - A PARTNERSHIP AT IT'S BEST.


Sortimo by Knapheide is a strategic partnership between Sortimo International, a global leader in mobile racking products and The Knapheide Manufacturing Company, the nation’s leading provider of commercial vehicle solutions. This partnership is focused on storage systems especially for commercial vans...our product is called EXXPAND.

Knapheide Manufacturing

Since 1848 Knapheide has provided its customers with high quality, work ready transportation solutions. The Knapheide family has owned and operated the company since its beginning over 165 years ago. Today, The Knapheide Manufacturing Company is the nation’s leading manufacturer and provider of commercial vehicle solutions. Knapheide’s main manufacturing facility is located in Quincy, Illinois and is over 480,000 square feet. This facility is highly automated and has the most technologically advanced equipment and processes in the industry. Products manufactured by Knapheide include: Service Bodies, KUV Bodies, Platform Bodies, Gooseneck Bodies, Dump Bodies, Forestry Bodies, Pick Up Accessories, Mechanics Trucks, Water Trucks, and Fuel/Lube Trucks. Knapheide’s vast distribution system includes 200+ distributors strategically located throughout North America. The ability to evolve into new technology, processes, and products has made Knapheide the leader in the industry and allowed the company to move into new markets to better serve our distributors, fleet customers and end users.
Sortimo International

Headquartered in Zusmarshausen, Germany Sortimo International has more than 40 years of experience in the in-vehicle equipment industry. Located in Bavaria, Sortimo International offers van racking solutions for all light commercial vehicles and has become a leader in van racking solutions of the automotive industry in terms of organization, safety and future-oriented concepts. Sortimo International works with materials of the highest quality that  are extremely resilient and long lasting. Well thought out ergonomics and the best level of passive safety are further factors which distinguish Sortimo products. With strength in innovation, Sortimo International has a solid position in the market and is a technological leader in van storage solutions.

Friday, August 7, 2015

2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Reveals New Styling


The design gurus at General Motors are giving their GMC pickup trucks a new look, retouching the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 with a few front-end and tailgate upgrades. Like clockwork, now that the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 made its debut earlier this week, it's GMC's turn.

The 2016 GMC Sierra half-tons will get a larger grille and freshened look on all 2016 models (to go on sale by October). The new models revealed in this just-released YouTube video (see below) show that the new Denali, SLT and All Terrain trim levels have bolder grille designs, each offering a unique flavor.

The Denali will continue to lead the way with the most chrome and the flattest grille surface. The SLT will likely continue to be the most popular mid-trim model, and the All Terrain will fit into that mix as the new entry-level trim, with a unique color-coded bumper and grille. All grilles have a deeper trapezoidal cut into the lower bumper, a larger GMC logo and newly harmonized LED projector headlights. Additionally, all rear taillight designs have a C-shaped LED look to match the front daytime running lights.

Although not announced yet, we would expect GMC to follow with powertrain changes similar to Chevy's recent moves, making the eight-speed transmission more widely available for the smaller V-8 (5.3-liter) option. The V-6 and 6.2-liter V-8 engine options remain unchanged.

Manufacturer images

Source: http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2015/07/2016-gmc-sierra-1500-reveals-new-styling.html#more

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Knapheide Develops Service Bodies For Half-Ton & Compact Trucks

The Knapheide Manufacturing Company introduces 
an exclusive service body product offering to the industry.


The Knapheide Manufacturing Company, the nation's leading provider of commercial vehicle solutions, announces the release of EC Series Service Bodies.  EC Service Bodies feature an optimized understructure for superior strength to weight ratio and possess many of the same tried and true standard features customers have come to expect in Knapheide Service Bodies.  Knapheide received a high volumne of positive feedback when customers got a sneak peek of the EC Series Service Body at the 2015 Work Truck Show, held in Indianapolis, IN at the Indiana Convention Center.      

"Customers have become very payload sensitive but still want the durability of steel," said Tony Marshall, Product Manager at Knapheide. "The combination of a half-ton or compact pickup with an EC Series Service Body give the owner/operator more than enough applicable payload.  The OEM approved bed delete option on half-ton and compact trucks has opened up a whole new segment for truck body manufacturers and upfitters."

Traditionally confined to utilizing only cross or side mounted toolboxes or toppers, half-ton and compact truck owners now have the ability to transition into a dedicated service body which promotes forced organization to drive increased efficiency and productivity.  Loaded with innovative standard features like automotive-quality rotary latches, stainless steel continuous hinges, and E-Coat prime paint protection, the EC Series Service Bodies are built to provide years of dependable service for owner/operators.
EC Series Service Bodies are available through Knapheide's extensive North American distribution network.  Visit the EC Series Service Bodies product page for more information or fill out the form below.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

GM Invests $1.4 Billion for Arlington Plant Upgrades

Texas-sized investment reflects company commitment 
to full-size SUV customers
 

ARLINGTON, Texas – In its largest single plant investment in the U.S. this year, General Motors announced today $1.4 billion for a range of improvements to its Arlington Assembly Plant to more competitively produce high-quality full-size SUVs. 

The investment allows the plant to be reconfigured with a new paint shop, body shop and general assembly area upgrades. Construction is expected to begin this summer and take approximately three years to complete. Production schedules for Chevrolet Tahoes and Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Yukon XLs and Cadillac Escalades will be unaffected by the construction.

“This super-sized investment reflects GM’s commitment to our full-size SUV customers who expect nothing but the absolute best from us and their vehicles,” said Cathy Clegg, GM North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations vice president. “Today’s investment will contribute to Arlington Assembly’s winning tradition marked by strong customer focus, innovative thinking and teamwork.”

Since 2011, GM has invested nearly $2 billion in manufacturing improvements at Arlington Assembly including today’s announcement, the launch of the current full-size SUVs and a new stamping plant.

“I have seen first-hand the success that is possible for a city when GM supports the communities where they work and live,” said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. “The city of Arlington has benefited tremendously from the strong business and foundational support from GM. This new investment in Arlington solidifies its continued stewardship and commitment to our community.”

This has been a monumental year for the more than 60-year-old assembly plant. Arlington Assembly celebrated its 10 millionth vehicle build, hosted GM’s Board of Directors and provided $100,000 in GM Foundation grants to local community organizations. Meanwhile, the UAW-GM team continues to work regular overtime in the only GM plant to make award-winning full-size SUVs for Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac customers globally.

“By working together, the UAW and GM are making a difference in communities across the United States,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, who leads the union’s GM Department. “These investments represent the power of our collaboration to create jobs and improve competitiveness, quality and our manufacturing base in this country.” 
   
Today’s announcement is a part of the $5.4 billion GM announced it would invest in U.S. manufacturing over the next three years. Approximately $4.5 billion of the $5.4 billion has been identified, leaving about $900 million to be announced by year end.

Since June 2009, GM has announced U.S. facility investment of approximately $17.8 billion. About $12.4 billion of that has come since the 2011 UAW-GM National Agreement. In total, these investments have created 6,250 new jobs and secured the positions of approximately 20,700 others.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com