Honda to invest $215 million in Ohio
The company will also establish a technical training center, heritage center, and office space for the new Honda North America Services in Marysville, Ohio. These new investments bring to nearly $2.7 billion the amount Honda has invested in its North American operations in the last three years.
"For the 21st century of manufacturing, we believe our success will be defined by the successful interaction between our associates and technology," said Rick Schostek, senior vice president of Honda North America, Inc.
Honda is investing approximately $180 million at the Honda of America Mfg., Inc. Anna Engine Plant to expand capabilities in aluminum die casting and engine parts production related to the new Honda Earth Dreams Technology engines and transmissions. This brings total investment at the Anna plant over the last three years to more than $500 million.
Previous investments have helped introduce new direct injection engines and to localize production of advanced pulley components for continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) assembled at Honda's transmission plant in Ohio.
The technical training centers for powertrains at Anna and auto manufacturing in Marysville will provide Honda engineers, equipment service technicians and line-side associates with unique opportunities to develop skills that will refine their technical know-how in a hands-on environment.
In addition, Honda has started construction on a new 160,000-square-foot building near its existing operations in Marysville. The new building will house the training facility, a heritage center and office space for Honda's new shared services company formed in April to reorganize existing support services in North America. This $35 million facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.
Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 33,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with a capital investment of more than $22 billion. ■