• May 16, 2006

Honda Motor Company has designs on bringing a sixth plant to North America. According to the Associated Press, the automaker expects the facility to come on-line in 2009 and add 150,000 units of capacity to the automaker's operations, with an eye towards a second line potentially doubling the plant's output down the road. For its part, Honda spokesman Shigeki Endo wouldn't speak on the matter beyond suggesting that the report is "...based on speculation," but the automaker has a press Tokyo press conference scheduled for Wednesday.

If Honda decides to go ahead with the plant, it would augment the company's existing 1.4 million units of capacity  in North America, presently churning out from facilities in Ohio, Alabama, Mexico, and Canada.

[Sources: The Associated Press via SFGate.com; Daily Home]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      "That is short-sighted. The long-range view is that the profits go back to Japan. Otherwise they wouldn't bother. Period. The end-result is still a net loss for the nation."

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      Not so. The "profits go back to Japan" argument is weak. Profits stay in the U.S. to build or expand factories, and to the extent that some of the profits are paid as dividends to shareholders, Americans who hold HMC will benefit accordingly.

      The point is that U.S. auto manufacturers and the UAW that has helped ruin them aren't producing cars that many buyers want.

      Companies like Honda and Toyota are doing a better job satisfying customers, and those companies can minimize currency disparities by building popular vehicles here. Also, efforts 20 years ago to limit imports encouraged U.S. production. There is nothing wrong and everything right with that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Build in michigan... they have BY FAR the best skilled manufacturing workers in the world...that won't happen though with the UAW around
      Paul
      • 8 Years Ago
      this proves my point that american workers can make a quality product when properly and closely supervised by asian managers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Will there ever be an "imported" Honda again after this mess?
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana announced the name of the mystery company that was interested in purchasing 750 acres or so of land in southeast Indiana. The mystery company is Honda.

      Over the past few months a group of attorneys working for Honda was getting agreements to allow the land purchases without divulging the name of their client. The prices offered were above market rate. This lead to much speculation it was Toyota wanting to open a engine plant or maybe an auto plant. Gov. Daniels announced it was Honda as their name was leaking out in Japanese reports.

      I'm all for a big manufacturer bringing well paying jobs to that region of Indiana. They can use it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Michigan? Those people dont want to work. Come to Virginia. Norfolk UAW workers are the best!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dear Honda Motor Car Company

      GM is closing its Doraville, Georgia plant. It's right on I-285 in Metro Atlanta. You all would be hard pressed to find more exposure than that.

      Just an idea....
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The auto industry is alive and well in the U.S."

      That is short-sighted. The long-range view is that the profits go back to Japan. Otherwise they wouldn't bother. Period. The end-result is still a net loss for the nation.

      And the first response by Paul walks a fine line between "merely retarded" and "balls-out racism", neither of which deserve tolerance.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hopefully the UAW will not interfere with this plant as it has interfered with GM and Ford.