The Cadillac Fairfax plant is a vehicle assembly plant located in Kansas City, Kansas. Opened in 1987, the facility is owned and operated by Cadillac’s parent company, General Motors.
The first Cadillac model to be produced at the Fairfax factory was the Cadillac XT4 subcompact luxury crossover. Production began in mid-2018 for the 2019 model year.
- Years opened:
- Current facility (Fairfax No. 2): 1987
- Original facility (Fairfax No. 1): 1946
3201 Fairfax Trafficway
Kansas City , Kansas, 66115
United States of America
- Site area: 572 acres
- Manufacturing area under roof: 95 acres
- Floor space:
- Manufacturing: 49,000,000 square feet
- Admin/mezzanine: 187,948 square feet
- Employee information (as of June 30th, 2021):
- Hourly: 1,871
- Salaried: 231
- Total: 2,102
- Union local: UAW Local 31
- Years opened:
Fairfax Assembly currently builds the Cadillac XT4 luxury crossover, which rides on the E2 platform.
Currently in production:
- First generation Cadillac XT4 luxury crossover
It’s worth noting that in addition to the aforementioned Cadillac products, the Fairfax plant also produces vehicles for other brands owned and operated by Cadillac’s parent firm, General Motors. See here for more details.
- 2018: $265 million toward the production of the all-new Cadillac XT4
State Economic Impact
Plant-wide state economic impact for the 2020 calendar year was as follows:
- Wages: $170,281,809.45
- Total tax withheld: $29,850,052.85
The current Cadillac Fairfax Assembly plant is sometimes colloquially known as Fairfax No. 2, since the original plant, Fairfax No. 1, was located next to Fairfax Airport and served as the manufacturing location of the North American Bomber Production Plant that built the B-25 Mitchell during World War II.
After the war, General Motors purchased the building and converted it into an automotive manufacturing facility. The plant was responsible for manufacturing the F-84F jet-powered fighters alongside vehicles for consumers in 1952, making it the first industrial facility to operate as a dual-purpose manufacturer producing both automobiles and jet fighters under the same roof. Fairfax No. 1 continued both plane and vehicle production until 1986. During demolition in 1989, Fairfax No. 1 caught fire and burned to the ground, leaving almost no trace aside from a few runways, which are still visible to this day.
Vehicle production was moved to Fairfax No. 2 in 1986. The new facility, which cost almost $1 billion to build, commenced production for the 1988 model year.
Thirty years later, the Cadillac XT4 subcompact crossover was announced, and began production at Fairfax No. 2 in mid-2018 for the 2019 model year. So far, the XT4 is the first, and only, Cadillac to be built at the Kansas-based assembly plant.
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