Created on Thursday, 01 November 2012 Written by JOEL E. MAST
Honda continues expansion of operations
Honda marked its 30th anniversary of U.S. auto production by reaching cumulative investments of more than $1.2 billion in U.S. manufacturing operations in the last two years, including the announcement today of more than $200 million in new investments in its Russells Point transmission and Anna engine plants.
The expansions will add 200 new manufacturing jobs at the Anna Engine Plant.
More than $170 million of the new investment will help expand and renovate the Anna plant to add a fourth engine line and increase production of pulley components for continuously variable transmissions.
Work at Anna should start in a few months.
Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America Inc. will begin about $50 million in new projects to increase its flexibility to produce advance transmissions and powertrain components.
Work at Russells Point will start in the coming weeks.
Both projects further localize manufacturing in the U.S.
Starting in the late-1970s, Honda has a cumulative investment in U.S. of more than $12.5 billion in manufacturing.
In the last two years, Honda has invested more than $2 billion in new manufacturing capabilities in North America. The investments include:
• $400 million and 190 new jobs at its Lincoln, Ala., auto and engine plant to increase production by 40,000 vehicles per year, to an annual total of 340,000, and the addition of Acura MDX production in early 2013, which is moving from Honda of Canada Manufacturing’s Plant 2.
• $299 million and 200 new jobs at the Anna Engine Plant to innovate and expand local production of powertrains and components, including production of pulleys for continuously variable transmissions and a new 320,000-square foot parts consolidation center.
• $40 million and nearly 300 new jobs at the Greensburg, Ind., auto plant to increase production by 50,000 units per year, for an annual total of 250,000, and to add Civic Hybrid production, the plant’s second hybrid model, by early 2013. The Indiana plant added a second production shift in October 2011, creating 1,000 new positions and doubling the plant’s capacity to 200,000 vehicles per year.
• $166 million at the East Liberty auto plant for a 195,000-square foot expansion including new door and instrument panel assembly lines, an extended final assembly line and a new vehicle-quality department.
• $175 million and 100 new jobs at the Russells Point transmission plant to increase high-pressure die casting operations and to add a third line for production of advanced, efficient continuously variable transmissions for the 2013 Accord.
• $64 million at the Marysville Auto Plant for a 24,000-square foot expansion and new metal stamping capabilities.
• $800 million for a new automobile plant in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico, with an annual capacity of 200,000 units for the production of subcompact vehicles. The plant will employ 3,200 associates at full capacity and is scheduled to begin Honda Fit production in 2014.