Boast, build, and sell: Honda of America Mfg. makes vehicles said to be as unconventional as their plants. Its four Ohio plants produce Honda automobiles, engines, and transmissions. The company's Marysville Auto Plant assembles the Acura TL and RDX and the Accord coupe and sedan. Its eco-designed East Liberty plant produces the Honda CR-V and Accord Crosstour. Together, Honda of Americas' two assembly plants have annual capacity of 700,000 vehicles, which are sold primarily in North America. In addition, the company's auto engine plant, its Anna facility, produces four- and six-cylinder engines and related parts. Honda of America also produces automatic transmissions at its Russells Point, Ohio plant.
The company's engines, transmissions, and other components are distributed to Honda plants throughout North America, including assembly facilities in Ohio, Indiana, and Canada. Other Honda of America operations include a research and development center, as well as an engineering facility that designs and builds stamping dies and equipment.
The Marysville Plant boasts production of more than 10 million vehicles. It is the first plant outside of Japan to reach this milestone. Honda's plants continue to evolve, increasing their manufacturing efficiency and flexibility, as well as reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. To this end, in early 2010 the company started up an on-site parts consolidation center, managed by Midwest Express (a subsidiary of Honda Logistics), to deliver auto parts directly to the plant. Other changes include closing its Marysville Motorcycle Plant in mid-2008. The Ohio facility had made motorcycles for nearly 30 years. Motorcycle manufacturing was transferred and consolidated at a new plant in Japan.
Other discontinued operations include the Honda Element line at the company's East Liberty plant, which ended production of the Element after Honda North America announced it was to stop making the model in 2011. The plant will continue to produce CR-Vs and Crosstours, as well as stamped parts (for the Civic) that are distributed to Honda's Canadian plant.
In 2011 Honda of America announced it was investing $70 million in its transmission plant. Its investment will fund a 200,000-square-foot expansion project at the plant. The project is expected to be completed by 2012 and will add about 100 employees to the payroll. .
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