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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- General Motors is celebrating a major milestone Monday at the Fairfax Assembly Plant.

GM recently made its 500 millionth car, more vehicles produced than any other American manufacturer.

GM CEO Mary Barra is expected to speak at the celebration. Barra is the first woman to head up a major automaker.

GM recently announced it’s investing more than $5 billion dollars in its plants around the world in an effort to improve output, quality and profitability.

Initial investments will be focused at Detroit plants. It is not clear if the Fairfax facility will receive any of the money.

The Fairfax facility is one of the company’s oldest and recently finished $600 million dollars of upgrades, which included a new paint shop.

The Fairfax facility currently produces the Buick LaCrosse and the Chevy Malibu. Autoworkers at the plant have built more than 12 million cars since 1945.