• Feb 28, 2008
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Honda has announced that next year it will cease motorcycle production at its Marysville, OH manufacturing plant. That facility's output, along with that of the Hamamatsu, Japan factory, will be shifted to the the company's brand new bike plant in Kumamoto next year. In 2007, Marysville built 44,000 Gold Wing and VTX models, though Honda notes that there will be no layoffs because of this shift in production. Instead, the Marysville workers will be reassigned to other Honda businesses in the fair state of Ohio.



[Source: IHT via The Kneeslider]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      How did companies 50 years ago handle hard economical times? Did they have massive lay offs and exploit labor abroad like what we do in China and India? No. Did we import Mexican workers or get HB1 Visas for S. E. Asia to work here. No.
      It is time that our country has a leader that really cares about the American worker, but it seems Obama would sell every red cent to oversea workers since he is too weak to take a firm stand. Just wait.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The major price desparity is because HD Canada has lowered their price every year as the dollar fell while Honda kept them the same, even though the bikes were made in the USA.
        • 6 Years Ago
        How did auto companies use to handle hard times In the USA? They went out of business. Just look at all the names of dead car companies in the USA. As US wages and related costs have go up, even huge companies have had to out source to low cost countries.I wouldnt be surprised if we lose two more car companies in my life time. I bet every one of Honda's workers are glad they still have a job and were not let go.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Towel Head (nice name by the way),

        You wrote" How did companies 50 years ago handle hard economical times? Did they have massive lay offs and exploit labor abroad like what we do in China and India? No. Did we import Mexican workers or get HB1 Visas for S. E. Asia to work here. No."

        Are you serious? You can go back much further than 50 years to find this practice. Who do you think built our railroads? Who do you think built this countries infrastructure? Immigrants, that's who. Yes, the Chinese, the Italians, the Irish. All those who are today Americans. There are plenty of jobs available today, it's just that most people don't want to take them because they thing they are too low paying or beneath them.

        As I said before, economies change. The US has been moving from a manufacturing economy to a service economy for some time.

        The biggest issue facing the automotive sector in the US are the labor unions. If, because of collective bargaining agreements, an automotive manufacturer is required to pay someone a wage that is 10x to 20x higher than a competitor pays their employees in a different country and then sell the product to a consumer who wants the best quality at the lowest price, that makes it hard to compete (for any company, American or otherwise).

        You said "It is time that our country has a leader that really cares about the American worker, but it seems Obama would sell every red cent to oversea workers since he is too weak to take a firm stand."

        I say, I have no idea what you are talking about. It's time for you and me and everyone else to be active and involved and make sure that we ELECT a leader that stands for what we believe in (whatever those beliefs might be).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Towel Head (nice name by the way),

        You wrote" How did companies 50 years ago handle hard economical times? Did they have massive lay offs and exploit labor abroad like what we do in China and India? No. Did we import Mexican workers or get HB1 Visas for S. E. Asia to work here. No."

        Are you serious? You can go back much further than 50 years to find this practice. Who do you think built our railroads? Who do you think built this countries infrastructure? Immigrants, that's who. Yes, the Chinese, the Italians, the Irish. All those who are today Americans. There are plenty of jobs available today, it's just that most people don't want to take them because they thing they are too low paying or beneath them.

        As I said before, economies change. The US has been moving from a manufacturing economy to a service economy for some time.

        The biggest issue facing the automotive sector in the US are the labor unions. If, because of collective bargaining agreements, an automotive manufacturer is required to pay someone a wage that is 10x to 20x higher than a competitor pays their employees in a different country and then sell the product to a consumer who wants the best quality at the lowest price, that makes it hard to compete (for any company, American or otherwise).

        You said "It is time that our country has a leader that really cares about the American worker, but it seems Obama would sell every red cent to oversea workers since he is too weak to take a firm stand."

        I say, I have no idea what you are talking about. It's time for you and me and everyone else to be active and involved and make sure that we ELECT a leader that stands for what we believe in (whatever those beliefs might be).
      • 6 Years Ago
      'It is up to us as a people and a country to shape those changes for our benefit vs. complaining about it.'

      Mine isn't a complaint. It is an understanding that the idea of a 'Great America' is a dirty word to a growing percentage of American's and one that must be done away by more and more 'American's' and the rest of the world.

      And good luck 'shaping' the changes that are being forced upon by legislators who serve the interest of those with the most money and not the people who are given two ridiculous choices for an 'election'.

      The clowns are now in charge of this circus and the circus is bankrupt.

      Change is being exacted upon America for sure! When it has run it's course, we'll see if you're still so sure we can find any benefits. Our nation as we know it is being dismantled and not for American's benefit.





        • 6 Years Ago
        iSpec,

        I'm not looking for a flame war or a debate (at least not one that is so off topic to this thread). However, I would be remiss if I didn't reply to your latest post.

        You say 'Mine isn't a complaint. It is an understanding that the idea of a 'Great America' is a dirty word to a growing percentage of American's and one that must be done away by more and more 'American's' and the rest of the world.'

        Could you restate that without all the drama? I really don't know what you are trying to say.

        You say ''And good luck 'shaping' the changes that are being forced upon by legislators who serve the interest of those with the most money and not the people who are given two ridiculous choices for an 'election'.''

        We are not "given" anything. We get what we allow. If you don't like your choices, stand up and speak out (somewhere outside of an automotive forum). You are correct that those with the money make the rules, but this can be changed through activism and vocalization of what is right. It takes time, persistence and tenacity.

        You say "Change is being exacted upon America for sure! When it has run it's course, we'll see if you're still so sure we can find any benefits. Our nation as we know it is being dismantled and not for American's benefit."

        Again, if you could take out the drama it would be easier to understand. If I were a betting man I would say you are a card carrying member of the Libertarian Party (more power to you if you are)!

        If you want to take the political debate to a more appropriate platform let me know. I write and participate in a political blog and would be happy to point you there.

        As for Honda. They could have simply shut down the plant and done away with the jobs. They didn't. Kudos to them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Excellent cars and a first-rate employer. Honda deserves its success. A domestic company would move the furniture and turn the staff into dog food.
        • 6 Years Ago
        First rate employer my butt. Didn't they just settle a case that involved racism??
      • 6 Years Ago
      These overpriced bikes just got a whole lot more expensive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Honda bikes overpriced? Compared to what, H-D? LMAO!
          • 6 Years Ago
          "Honda bikes overpriced? Compared to what, H-D? LMAO!"

          ...and Yamaha, and Suzuki and everything else in Canada. Someone forgot to tell them the US dollar lost 30 points.
        • 6 Years Ago
        A Goldwing costs more than a BMW K1200LT (similarly equipped.)
        • 6 Years Ago
        A Goldwing is WAAYYYYY more affordable than an H-D.
          • 6 Years Ago
          "A Goldwing is WAAYYYYY more affordable than an H-D."

          In Canada, Honda Cruisers are several thousand dollars more than comparably sized Harleys.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I figure that the motorcycle production was intefering with growth in their US auto market.

      Cheaper to move the lesser of two valuable assets overseas
      • 6 Years Ago
      At least they aren't trying to buy out their workers, or just laying them off. They've done the best thing they could with what they planned on doing- they needed a new facility to create better bikes so they created that facility. Then they shut down the old one and moved labor. They didn't discontinue labor. You can't really expect anything better from a business, but you can expect a lot worse.

      As for Honda making overpriced bikes, I thought their bikes were some of the best built, period. My grandfather's Honda motorcycle is 30 years old and it still goes! It's not the least expensive, yes, but there's a reason why you can get a Kawasaki Ninja for so cheap...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Glad people don't get laid off for once on this type of news.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't ever fool yourself into believing that any major company anywhere in the world (Honda included) gives a rat's rear end about you as an employee. You're only as good as the profit you contribute to the bottom line. The moment you cost more than you contribute, you're gone. The moment the company can find someone somewhere who will do the job for less money and if that allows them to increase profit, the job moves there and you're looking for a new job.

      In corporate news releases, what they do not say is more important than what they do say. I didn't see anything that said these employees were going to be given similar jobs with similar pay. "you still have a job, here's a broom, go sweep the floors for $6.00 per hour". What? you were making $15.00 per hour before, well, we're Honda and you still have a job."

      No single company is better or worse than another here. It's all business.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Jeff is right on. They love you when they need you and hate you when they don't. Corps do nothing out of the goodness of their hearts. It's all about business and making money - no more, no less.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I just can't let Jeff's comment go. He doesn't know what he's talking about in this case.

        Because Honda is a lean company, and produces a product in demand, it can absorb workers across business divisions and not reduce benefits.

        The company is making tough decisions to ensure that it can withstand an economic downturn, while keeping the expertise to grow when better conditions return.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If this had been an American company they would laid off everyone and moved the production to MEX.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe Harley Davidson needs a forth of fifth plant?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The dismantling of America continues.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Countries change, economies change. It is up to us as a people and a country to shape those changes for our benefit vs. complaining about it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        start working harder...
      • 6 Years Ago
      They may not be getting laid off, but it sounds like if they still want a job with Honda, they will have to relocate. With the housing market where it is, most people will not be able to get out from under their house to move. Not only that, but moving your whole family can be detrimental. I wish the best for all involved.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually it sounds like the jobs will be transferred to the auto production facility in Marysville, where the Accord, RDX, and TL are built. So, no lay offs or relocations.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Glad to hear that green dragon, hopefully pay scale wont change either.
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