Kawasaki Motor Co., Ltd.
said Wednesday it will build its first U.S. motorcycle sales plant in the Midwest, in a move that could help revive a sales industry already in decline.
The company said it would invest $2 billion to build a factory in North Carolina.
The company said the project will produce about 1,000 motorcycles and bring back manufacturing jobs.
The announcement came less than a week after General Motors Co. said it is closing a North Carolina plant that was making parts for its Chevrolet Cruze.
The North Carolina project is the first to be completed by Kawasaki since a $6.9 billion investment in North Charleston in 2013.
That plant, the largest in the U.C.L.A. region, will employ some 2,500 people and produce vehicles such as the Triumph Street Triple.
The announcement is also likely to fuel a surge in Kawasaki sales.
The Japanese automaker said last month that its U.K. plant will produce a new version of its street-legal motorcycle, the Kawasaki ZX-9.