The MDX joins the RDX at Acura's plant in East Liberty, Ohio.

Acura has kicked off MDX production in Ohio, marking the second production site for the popular SUV in the United States.Already in production at the company's production plant in Lincoln, Alabama, Acura on Thursday began building the MDX at its East Liberty Auto Plant (ELP) in Ohio. The MDX joins the smaller DRX utility vehicle already in production at ELP, along with the Honda CR-V.

Acura spent $85 million preparing ELP for MDX production. Although the MDX is now built at two different production facilities, that won't last for long. This fall the MDX will move exclusively to Ohio, freeing up space in Lincoln to produce more units of the Honda Pilot SUV.

"From our startup three decades ago producing small sedans to the three different light trucks we build today, our associates continue to demonstrate the skills needed for high quality and flexible manufacturing," said Tim Myers, East Liberty Auto Plant Manager. "I'm proud of the commitment of our team to take on new challenges to meet the needs of our customers."

The Ohio plant employs 2,350 people and has the capacity to produce 240,000 vehicles per year. With the MDX's shift to Ohio, Acura now builds five of its six vehicle lines in the Buckeye state, including the NSX supercar.