Each one is special says plant worker on the job for most of them

ARLINGTON, Texas – By the numbers alone, it is a special year for General Motors’ Arlington Assembly Center. Ten million vehicles. The 80th anniversary of the Chevrolet Suburban built there. The continuing celebration of the plant’s 60th anniversary.

And Dave Holt, a member of UAW Local 276, who has worked for half a century on the general assembly line, has seen just about all of the milestones to date.

“It’s a lot of fun when we build a special car, there’s always a ton of excitement from the team to watch it roll off the end of the line,” Holt said.

Here are Arlington’s milestone vehicles:

  • 1 millionth vehicle: 1965 Pontiac Bonneville
  • 2 millionth vehicle: 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass
  • 3 millionth vehicle: 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
  • 4 millionth vehicle: 1981 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
  • 5 millionth vehicle: 1985 Monte Carlo SS
  • 6 millionth vehicle: 1993 Buick Roadmaster
  • 7 millionth vehicle: 2002 Cadillac Escalade
  • 8 Millionth vehicle: 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • 9 Millionth vehicle: 2011 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 10 millionth vehicle: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

“The Monte Carlo was probably my favorite milestone vehicle, but every vehicle we build is special to me,” Holt said.

Arlington Assembly builds the full-size Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL and the Cadillac Escalade SUVs. The first vehicle was built at the plant in January 1954.

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