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ARLINGTON General Motors could announce a major expansion Tuesday involving billions of dollars and thousands of jobs in several states.

Arlington recently granted fresh tax abatements to encourage GM to invest more in its sprawling North Texas assembly plant.

Arlington city officials say they haven't been notified of any news affecting the city's plant. But GM's chief executive is scheduled to appear at another plant in Toledo, Ohio.

Multiple sources say he will announce $2 billion in updates to 17 plants in eight states, adding about 4,000 jobs to the payroll.

Two weeks ago, the Arlington City Council approved tax abatements for improvements to GM's Arlington plant here. Tarrant County is also expected to grant a smaller tax break to the auto giant.

Those inducements would save the company several million dollars.

In return, officials hope GM will pump nearly a quarter of a billion dollars into the Arlington plant and add 110 workers to the payroll. The Arlington GM plant currently employs 2,300 workers who make full-size sport utility vehicles.

At this point, it's not clear whether the decision on Arlington's expansion bid will come on Tuesday or somewhere down the line.

The announcement of GM's event says only that it will have positive implications for the GM Toledo Transmission Facility.

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