GM Plans $174 Million Investment in Fairfax Plant Expansion

May 04, 2015 04:39 PM EDT | Matt Mercuro

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General Motors clearly wants its latest Chevy Malibu to be a success, as the Detroit automaker will invest $174 million to upgrade its Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City.

The investment covers a number of improvements like a "Shake and Rattle Booth" to simulate road conditions and a four-armed wheel called "The Revolver," which lets workers attach transmissions to engines "more efficiently," said Tom Wickham, Global Manufacturing spokesman for GM, to AutoWorldNews.

The 2016 Malibu debuted in early April during the New York International Auto Show.

Company CEO Mary Barra and GM North America and Global Chevrolet President Alan Batey announced the news at the plant on Monday during a celebration of GM producing 500 million company vehicles.

Last month, GM announced $5.4 billion would be invested in GM plants across the U.S., including $783.5 million investments to improve its three Michigan plants.

The investment will help GM retain 2,500 jobs, according to Wickham.

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