General Motors’ Turnaround Bolsters Fairfax Plant - KansasCity.com
In late 2009, as GM plunged toward a government-managed bankruptcy and bailout, executives in Detroit were offering no assurances the plant would remain open.
Managers here wondered whether its days were numbered.
”It was an awful time,” said assistant plant manager Dave Carter. “Going through it, you don’t know if you’re going to get a second chance.”
Those tumultuous times are history, and GM chairman and CEO Daniel F. Akerson is scheduled to visit Fairfax on Monday to announce an investment of hundreds of millions of dollars for a new paint shop and upgrades to the existing plant.
The announcement will be another sign of GM’s turnaround and an affirmation that the Fairfax plant has a solid spot in the company’s future. GM’s investments in Fairfax in the past decade match the improvements Ford Motor Co. has made to the Claycomo assembly plant and will strengthen the Kansas City area’s identity as an automaking center.