Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

November 30, 2012

Honda marks anniversary


The Herald-Tribune

— 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. In July, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN) announced an investment of $40 million to increase annual production capacity and hire 300 new production associates. Honda has a cumulative investment in America of more than $12.5 billion.

“For 30 years, Honda associates in our U.S. auto plants have challenged themselves and set high standards to create products that meet the needs of our customers here and in markets around the world,” said Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and chief operating officer of North American Regional Operations. “We continue to invest in our associates, to keep our operations in America on the leading edge of quality, efficiency and flexibility.”

Consistent with Honda’s longstanding commitment to build products close to the customer, on Nov. 1, 1982 Honda became the first Japanese automaker to produce automobiles in America (using domestic and globally sourced parts) when the first Honda Accord rolled off the assembly line at the Marysville, Ohio, auto plant.

The company has steadily grown its U.S. manufacturing, R&D and sales operations, and today employs more than 26,000 associates and operates nine major manufacturing plants and 15 R&D facilities in the U.S., including four auto plants with an annual capacity of 1.08 million Honda and Acura vehicles.

Recently, “HMIN celebrated four years of mass production in Greensburg,” said HMIN’s Senior Vice President Bob Nelson. “We are proud to be a part of the Honda family and contributing to creating products that bring our customerís joy.”

In the coming years, Honda operations in North America will take on new responsibilities for the mass production launch of global Honda models. Honda associates in North America will help set the standards for production processes for key global products that also are made in other regions and then share their knowledge and expertise to support Honda plants all around the globe.