ARLINGTON (AP) – General Motors Co. is adding 110 jobs at the North Texas factory and investing $331 million to expand the plant to make full-size sport utility vehicles.

The Arlington factory will make Chevrolet Tahoes and Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades. The plant, which currently has 2,400 employees, opened in 1954 and was expanded in 2001 to 3.75 million square feet.

Aside from the facility expansion, some of the investment money will be used for manufacturing machinery and equipment.

Thursday’s news is part of an effort GM announced May 10 to create or keep about 4,000 jobs by investing $2 billion in 17 factories in eight states.

The auto maker also said Wednesday that it would add 2,500 jobs at a Detroit-area factory and invest $69 million in that plant so it could make two new Chevrolet sedans. GM has already announced more jobs at plants in Bowling Green, Ky.; Toledo, Ohio; and Flint and Bay City, Mich.

Shares of General Motors fell 49 cents to $30.78 in afternoon trading.

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