GM Financial is ready to have a Texas-sized celebration on Thursday.
The captive — which also is one of the Silver Sponsors of Used Car Week — will host the grand opening of its new service center in San Antonio; an event that will feature several notable city, county and state officials and community leaders as speakers.
“We are excited to celebrate the grand opening of our San Antonio Service Center, which expands our economic and employment presence in the state of Texas,” GM Financial president and chief executive officer Dan Berce said. “Along with our parent company, General Motors, we are proud of our long history in the state, where together we employ more than 11,000 people, all committed to building and financing some of the best vehicles in the world.”
GM Financial broke ground on its new facility of 100,000 square-feet last April. The center sits on 13.8 acres of land off of Raymond E. Stotzer Freeway at the intersection of Westover Link and North Ellison Drive.
In the short time it has been operational, GM Financial highlighted this facility has already added more than 200 jobs in the region, with the ability to house up to 700 employees at maximum capacity. The center could also potentially drive more than $300 million in total economic output in the first 10 years of operation, according to analysis conducted by Impact DataSource.
As part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, GM Financial will also present Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Antonio with two ‘Cool Cars’ as part of its Cool Cars for Remarkable Kids program — the 17th Ronald McDonald House to receive a vehicle since program launch earlier this year.
Cool Cars for Remarkable Kids provides late-model SUVs to Ronald McDonald Houses across the country, allowing children and their families transportation support while staying at a House. To support this local effort, North Park Chevrolet Castroville has also agreed to sponsor service and maintenance for both Cool Cars in 2017-2018.
Additionally, the dealership coordinated a supplies donation drive in support of the House, collecting much-needed wish list items for visiting families.
GM Financial plans to deliver approximately 30 vehicles nationwide in total through this program this year.
“Families with sick children sometimes must travel long distances to access the best medical care for their children, and may not be able to bring or keep their personal vehicle with them for the duration of their stay with us,” said Pat Bivin, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Antonio.
“Through the support of GM Financial and their Cool Cars for Remarkable Kids program, our three Ronald McDonald Houses will be able to provide these families with necessities they would be unable to obtain on their own,” Bivin continued.
Since becoming General Motors’ captive finance company in 2010, GM Financial has significantly expanded its capabilities, now offering a full spectrum of retail, lease and commercial lending products and services to 14,000 dealers worldwide.
The company, which employs nearly 8,000 team members in the U.S. and Canada, also has service centers in Arlington, Texas, Chandler, Ariz., Huntersville, N.C., and, Peterborough, Ontario. The company has 17 credit centers across the U.S. and Canada, including one in San Antonio, and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.