The GM assembly plant in Arlington, Texas is back up and running after its unprecedented two month shutdown. GM shut the plant down for an eight-week furlough to allow demand to catch up with the overpowering supply. Maintenance and technical staff returned today to bring the factory back to life by restarting the machinery in the plant.
J.R. Flores, President of the local 276 UAW, told the factory’s 2,400 employees “Go back to work and build a good vehicle.” Flores was also quoted as saying, “We have to prove to the public that their investment in us was worthwhile.”
The reopening of the plant shows the resilience of the Texas economy and unwavering appeal for large SUV’s and Trucks. Although no one knows what is in store for the American auto industry, GM has stated that they understand that Americans need larger vehicles and will continue to be innovative in the SUV market. That’s good news for Arlington’s economy and the workers at the GM plant in Arlington as they soldier on not knowing when the next layoff will be.