General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant
Fairfax Assembly is a General Motors automobile factory at 3201 Fairfax Trafficway, Kansas City, Kansas. The present plant was opened in 1987 and currently produces the Chevrolet Malibu and the Buick LaCrosse. As of July 2006[update], the local Kansas City council is attempting to entice GM to produce a new mid-size vehicle here with $146,000,000 in bonds. Harbour Consulting rated it as the fourth most efficient auto plant in North America in 2006.
In January 2013 GM announced $600 million in upgrades to the plant including a new 450,000-square-foot paint shop, a new stamping press. The press release noted that at the time the company has 3,900 workers on the 572 acre site and they are producing a new car every 58 seconds. The renovations which are aimed at reducing water consumption and chemical waste is not expect to interfere with its production.
As of 2010 the plant manufactures the Chevrolet Malibu and the Buick LaCrosse. The 3,200,000 sq ft (300,000 m2). plant employs 2,700 hourly and salaried employees. Employees are represented by UAW Local 31.
The original Fairfax assembly plant was located next to Fairfax Airport which was the former location of the North American Bomber Production Plant where the B-25 Mitchell was manufactured during World War II. After the war GM purchased the building and converted it to automobile assembly. In 1952 alongside car production the plant produced F-84F jet-powered fighters.
The original Fairfax plant ceased production in 1986 and production was moved to Fairfax #2 which is located on the former Fairfax airport in a $1 billion project. The new plant began production with the 1988 model year Pontiac Grand Prix. On August 23, 2005 the Fairfax facility built its 10 millionth car.