GM Invests $600 Million to Expand Kansas Factory

General Motors Co., planning to invest $1.5 billion in its North American factories this year, today said it would spend $600 million to expand a Kansas vehicle-assembly plant.

The project includes construction of a new paint shop and installation of a new stamping press, GM said in a statement on its website. The Detroit-based automaker is introducing about 20 new vehicles in the U.S. this year, including 13 Chevrolet models, to freshen its product lineup, which has grown stale following the company’s 2009 bankruptcy reorganization.

Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, earlier this month provided the $1.5 billion figure for the company’s 2013 North American factory investment plans. GM has announced more than $10.2 billion since July 2009, Reuss said at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit.

The Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kansas, which employs about 3,900 people, builds the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse sedans. In 2011, GM announced $20 million of upgrades for the plant and $136 million in 2010, according to the company’s website.

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