May 22, 2007

Honda builds 15-millionth engine in Ohio


2007 Honda Civic
2007 Honda Civic LX. Click image to enlarge


Anna, Ohio – Honda of America Manufacturing celebrated the 15-millionth engine built at its plant in Anna, Ohio. The facility is the largest Honda auto engine plant in the world; it opened in 1985.

The plant is currently undergoing a US$75 million expansion project, expected to be completed this year. The project will transfer connecting rod and camshaft production from Japan to Ohio.

The milestone engine was a six-cylinder designed for a Honda Accord Coupe that will be assembled 72 km away at the Marysville Auto Plant. The Anna Engine Plant has three assembly lines and two foundries; it produces driveshafts, connecting rods, brake components, and all of its own engine blocks and heads. It will also serve as the engine supply source for the Honda Manufacturing of Indiana plant under construction in Greensburg, Indiana, which will begin production in the fall of 2008.

At the Anna plant’s current production rate of 1.5 million engines annually, it will take only 13 years for the facility to build another 15 engines. The plant supplies engines for the Honda Accord sedan and coupe, Civic sedan, Element and CR-V, and Acura TL and RDX made in Ohio, as well as the Honda Civic sedan, coupe and Si, Ridgeline, and Acura MDX and CSX made in Alliston, Ontario. Honda has invested more than US$1.4 billion in the plant.

The company also announced that later this year, the Marysville Auto Plant will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first Japanese car built in America, a Honda Accord. The anniversary coincides with the production of an all-new 2008 Accord.

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