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200 Jobs to Be Added at Honda Engine Plant

Nov. 1, 2012

Dan Gearino

Honda will add about 200 jobs at its Anna engine plant, one result of about $220 million in new investments announced today for its operations in Anna and Russells Point.

The new spending is in addition to the roughly $500 million the automaker has spent to expand its Ohio plants since 2010.

In Anna, Honda plans to spend nearly $170 million to add a fourth engine assembly line and to build components that are now shipped in from other locations. The changes will lead to the hiring of about 200 workers.

The Russells Point transmission plant will spend more than $50 million on projects to " increase flexibility to produce advanced transmissions and powertrain components," the company said. There was no information available about whether jobs will be added there.

"We continue to invest in our associates, helping to keep our operations in America on the leading edge of quality, efficiency and flexibility," Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO of American Honda Motor Co., said in a statement.

The announcement was timed to coincide with today's 30th anniversary of when the company built its first vehicle in North America at the Marysville assembly plant. Honda has about 13,500 employees in Ohio, which is more than any other automaker.

Honda has put money into each of its Ohio plants since the recent economic downturn. This included $166 million at the East Liberty assembly plant and $64 million at the Marysville assembly plant, where Honda makes the CR-V and Accord, respectively. The company also announced previous changes at the Anna and Russells Point plants.

Most of the investment has been in Anna and Russells Point because of new technology Honda is developing for its engines and transmissions, said spokesman Ron Lietzke. This includes a continuously-variable transmission for the 2013 Accord, a system that uses pulleys instead of gears.

Source: (c)2012 The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, Ohio) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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