Honda and Toyota manufacturing increased in 2013

Honda and Toyota each notched record production numbers in 2013.

Honda built 1.78 million automobiles over the last year in manufacturing plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Some of the automobiles that were produced included new Acura models. The new cars also include 333,000 vehicles from Honda's Talladega County manufacturing plant, which is located in Lincoln, Ala. Although this was a slight drop from the plant's 2012 numbers, it is the second-highest annual production rate for the Alabama-based factory.

Tom Shoupe, president of the Talladega County plant, said even though production was a bit slower than 2012, the work the plant has done is commendable.

"With the addition of our first Acura product and continued high demand for the Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline, 2013 was a challenging, and yet very rewarding year, for the more than 4,000 associates at our Lincoln facility," Shoupe said.

The plant has shown major growth over the last two years, hiring 400 employees and accumulating $450 million in investments, according to the Alabama Media Group. Manufacturers who need to find experienced workers to meet the demands of the surging auto industry can look to manufacturing recruiters to fill job openings.

Toyota also notched significant improvements in 2013. The Japanese automaker built 1.86 million automobiles throughout its North America manufacturing plants. Among Toyota's U.S. manufacturing plants, its Huntsville, Ala., engine factory made more than 540,000 engines in 2013, the best production the plant has ever done.

Both auto manufactures are looking to expand their U.S. operations over the next few years, according to Bloomberg. Toyota will be expanding its SUV production plant in Indiana and Kentucky manufacturing plant in 2014. Honda will be opening a new Ohio manufacturing plant in 2015.