Fairfax Assembly Investment Details

The General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant has been producing world-class-quality vehicles in the Kansas City area since 1945. Fairfax Assembly was the first industrial facility to operate as a dual purpose manufacturer, producing both automobiles and jet fighters in the same building.

General Motors will invest $174 million in its Fairfax (Kansas) Assembly plant to support production of the all-new, 2016 Chevrolet Malibu later this year.
General Motors will invest $174 million in its Fairfax (Kansas) Assembly plant to support production of the all-new, 2016 Chevrolet Malibu later this year.

Location:

3201 Fairfax Trafficway
Kansas City, Kansas, 66115, United States

Present facility opened:

1987

Vehicles built:

Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse

Size:

Site area: 572 acres / manufacturing area under roof: 95 acres / floor space: manufacturing: 4.9 million sq. ft. / administration, mezzanine: 187,948 sq. ft.


 

Employee Information

Hourly:

3,230

Salaried:

270

Total:

3,500

Union Local:

UAW Local 31

Facility Details
The General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant has been producing world-class-quality vehicles in the Kansas City area since 1945. Fairfax Assembly was the first industrial facility to operate as a dual purpose manufacturer, producing both automobiles and jet fighters in the same building.

The present facility, constructed in 1985, has received numerous awards including North American Car of the Year (2008) for the Chevrolet Malibu. Malibu also led the midsize segment in the 2015 J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study and 2014 J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality Study. Both the Malibu and Buick LaCrosse have earned top safety ratings (five stars) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Since 2003, GM has announced nearly $2.7 billion in investments that have helped make it the largest employer in the Kanas City Metro area.

The workforce is represented by UAW Local 31 and manufactures the Buick LaCrosse and LaCrosse eAssist, along with the Chevrolet Malibu 2.5L, Malibu Eco and Malibu Turbo. Fairfax Assembly operates on three shifts and produces one vehicle every 58 seconds. Since 1945, more than 12 million vehicles have been built at Fairfax.

Recent Major Investments

  • 2015: Equipment and technology –including a simulator to test and address effects of road conditions on customers’ ride and handling experiences – to support the all-new Malibu, $174 million
  • 2013: All-new paint shop and press upgrade, $600 million
  • 2011: LaCrosse eAssist and related upgrades, $20 million
  • 2010: Gen-8 Malibu, $136 million
  • 2009: Launched all-new Buick LaCrosse, $158 million
  • 2007: Launched all-new Chevy Malibu, $208 million
  • 2006: Launched all-new Saturn Aura, $651 million
  • 2003: Launched all-new Chevy Malibu, $722 million

Awards

  • 2015: Chevrolet Malibu top midsize car in J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study
  • 2015: Buick LaCrosse top large car in J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study
  • 2015: Chevrolet Malibu named Top Safety Pick by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (also 2014, 2013, 2012)
  • 2015: Buick LaCrosse earns NHTSA Five-Star Overall Safety Rating (also 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011)
  • 2015: Chevrolet Malibu earns NHTSA Five-Star Overall Safety Rating (also 2014, 2013)
  • 2014: Chevrolet Malibu highest-ranking midsize car in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study
  • 2013: Buick LaCrosse named IIHS Top Safety Pick (also 2012, 2011, 2010)
  • 2012: Chevrolet Malibu highest-ranking midsize car in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study
  • 2008: Chevrolet Malibu is North American Car of the Year

Community Involvement
Economic Impact:

  • Benefits and wages: $432 million
  • State and local payroll taxes: $14.6 million
  • Property taxes: $8.4 million
  • Utilities: 19.5 million
  • Local charitable contributions: $450,000