General Motors said this afternoon it will spend $1.4 billion to expand and improve its SUV factory in Arlington to meet strong demand for its vehicles.
The company said the plans represent its largest plant investment in the U.S. this year.
General Motors will add a new paint shop, body shop and general assembly area upgrades to the 60-year-old assembly plant.
Demand for GM's full-size SUVs has been so strong that the plant can't make them fast enough. The factory has about 3,800 hourly workers on three shifts making the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and the Cadillac Escalade. The plant has basically been running flat-out for the past two years, and additional hiring is expected.
Sales of the SUVs are up more than 10 percent through June, according to Autodata Corp.