March 20, 2007

Honda breaks ground for new Indiana plant to build Civic sedan

Greensburg, Indiana – Honda has held an official groundbreaking ceremony for its new plant in Greensburg, Indiana, and revealed that the facility will produce the Honda Civic sedan when mass production begins in fall 2008. The US$550 million plant will be known as Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC; its first president will be Yuzo Uenohara, who previously held the position of senior vice president at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC.

Honda first announced plans to build the new plant in June 2006, with an annual production capacity of 200,000 vehicles. Site preparation is complete and basic construction has already begun on the site, which is 80 km southeast of Indianapolis.

The new facility will be Honda’s seventh auto plant in North America, and one of 17 major Honda manufacturing facilities in North America. It will help to boost the company’s total North American automobile production capacity from 1.4 million units to more than 1.6 million units in 2008, and will bring North American employment to more than 37,000 workers and capital investment to more than US$9 billion.

Major production processes at the Indiana plant will include stamping, welding, painting, plastic injection molding, subassembly and final assembly operations; the engines will be manufactured in Ohio. The company says it has a goal of “zero waste to landfill” at the facility.

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