June 28, 2007

Honda breaks ground for jet manufacturing facility

Honda Jet
Honda Jet. Click image to enlarge

Greensboro, North Carolina – Honda Aircraft Company Inc. has broken ground for its new headquarters and manufacturing facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina. The company will produce the new HondaJet advanced light jet.

Honda will manage the research, development, sales, marketing and manufacturing of the HondaJet at the new facility, which will replace the company’s existing hangar and office complex at the airport. The first phase of construction will be completed in spring 2008 and will consist of office space, research facilities and an airplane hangar.

The company plans to begin deliveries of the airplanes to customers in 2010. The total investment is expected to be about US$100 million, including equipment. The company says that its workforce will increase to approximately 350 people once the plant reaches full production, and that about 90 per cent of the plane’s component parts will be supplied by companies in Canada and the U.S.

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