General Motors and Honda Motor Co.'s North American operations have unveiled plans to expand U.S. manufacturing, joining a steady stream of automakers with similar plans.
In the past four months or so, GM, Honda, BMW AG, Nissan Motor Co., Mazda Motor Corp., Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group, Toyota Motor Corp. and Volkswagen AG have said they will add or expand plants or boost production by adding factory shifts in the United States.
GM said it will start construction this week on a $200 million stamping plant in Arlington, Texas, creating about 180 jobs.
The plant will be part of the company's Arlington manufacturing complex and is scheduled to start production in 2013. It will produce large stamped components for the next generation of GM's large SUVs: Chevrolet Tahoes and Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades.
Arlington receives stamped components from several GM plants. The new plant will save GM about $40 million a year in logistics costs, the company said in a statement.
Last May, GM said it would invest $331 million in the Texas plant for expansion, tooling and equipment.
Joe Ashton, vice president of the UAW representing the GM department, said in a statement that the news was further evidence that the U.S. auto industry is recovering.
"An important goal for the UAW is to increase the number of manufacturing jobs in the United States, and we are pleased that General Motors has decided to make this investment in Arlington," he said in the statement.
GM says it has committed more than $6.9 billion of investments to improve or expand operation in 12 states since June 2009, creating or retaining more than 17,600 jobs.
Separately, Honda said it will invest $98 million at its Anna, Ohio, engine plant to build pulley components for the company's continuously variable transmissions.
The CVTs are part of Honda's next-generation powertrain technologies aimed at boosting performance and fuel efficiency.
Production of the pulley components in Anna is to begin in 2013.
"The production of this new CVT technology puts the Buckeye State right in the middle of Honda's global strategy," Hide Iwata, CEO of Honda of America Manufacturing, said in a statement.
The investment in the Anna plant follows a $120 million investment announced last year for Honda's plant in Russells Point, Ohio, northwest of Columbus, where the company will begin producing the CVT this summer.
The modernization and expansion of the Russells Point transmission plant and the new pulley component production at Anna will create a combined 150 new jobs, Honda said.
Since November 2010, Honda has announced more than $500 million in investments for advanced technologies and systems at its four Ohio plants.
In January, Honda's Acura luxury brand said the all-new Acura NSX -- which debuted last month at the Detroit auto show -- will be developed in Ohio and built at a new manufacturing operation in central Ohio.