Honda says it will invest $200 million in its Ohio facilities and hire an additional 200 workers there. The announcement coincides with the company's 30 year anniversary of producing cars in the US, with a 1983 Accord rolling off the Marysville, Ohio production line on Nov. 1, 1982.

The money will go toward expansion of Honda's Anna engine plant and its Russels Point transmission facility. Honda's statement says the investment is part of a larger, $1.2 billion spending program to improve and expand its US manufacturing network.

Honda began the program two years ago and has since spent $400 million at its Lincoln, AL plant creating 190 new jobs there; $299 million at the Anna engine plant which created 200 new jobs; $40 million at its Greensburg, IN, creating 300 new jobs; $166 million to expand its East Liberty, OH, plant; $175 million at the Russels Point plant for a 195,000 square foot expansion and an additional 100 jobs. Other investments made at various locations around the country make up the remainder.

Read Honda's official press release below.
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Honda Marks 30 Years of U.S. Auto Production with Continued Investment in Automobile and Powertrain Operations

New $200 Million Powertrain Investment Will Create 200 Jobs

Honda today marked its 30th anniversary of U.S. auto production by reaching cumulative investments of more than $1.2 billion in U.S. manufacturing operations in the last two years, including the announcement today of more than $200 million in new investments in its Russells Point, Ohio, transmission plant and Anna, Ohio, engine plant, which will add 200 new manufacturing jobs. Honda has a cumulative investment in America of more than $12.5 billion.

"For 30 years, Honda associates in our U.S. auto plants have challenged themselves and set high standards to create products that meet the needs of our customers here and in markets around the world," said Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and chief operating officer of North American Regional Operations. "We continue to invest in our associates, helping to keep our operations in America on the leading edge of quality, efficiency and flexibility."

Consistent with Honda's longstanding commitment to build products close to the customer, on Nov. 1, 1982 Honda became the first Japanese automaker to produce automobiles in America (using domestic and globally sourced parts) when the first Honda Accord rolled off the assembly line at the Marysville, Ohio, auto plant.

Honda builds automobiles, engines and transmissions in North America at seven auto plants, three auto engine plants and two transmission plants, with the capacity to produce 1.63 million cars and trucks per year. When combined with planned production increases at Honda's U.S. auto plants, the 2014 start of production of sub-compact vehicles at Honda's eighth North American auto plant, now under construction in Mexico, will increase Honda's North American capacity to 1.92 million units.

The company has steadily grown its U.S. manufacturing, R&D and sales operations, and today employs more than 26,000 associates and operates nine major manufacturing plants and 15 R&D facilities in the U.S., including four auto plants with an annual capacity of 1.08 million Honda and Acura vehicles.

"Honda's U.S. responsibilities have matured into global capabilities for manufacturing, R&D and engineering," said Rick Schostek, senior vice president, Honda of America Mfg., Inc. "As we begin to take on a larger role within global Honda to meet the needs of customers around the world, this is the right moment to reflect on the great accomplishment by our team of associates in Ohio in Honda's first 30 years of U.S. auto production."

In the coming years, Honda operations in North America will take on new responsibilities for the mass production launch of global Honda models. Honda associates in North America will help set the standards for production processes for key global products that also are made in other regions and then share their knowledge and expertise to support Honda plants all around the globe.

As part of this new global lead role, Honda also will increase exports from North America to global markets. Later this year, Honda will reach the one million mark in total automobile exports from the U.S. Honda also is increasing its export of major auto parts by almost 70 percent this year in support of Honda plants in South America, Europe and Asia. This will be a substantial increase in business for North American suppliers that will grow even greater in the coming years.

With the latest $200 million investment at the Anna Engine Plant and Honda Transmission Manufacturing, Honda's U.S. capital investment exceeds $12.5 billion. In the last two years, Honda has invested more than $2 billion in new manufacturing capabilities in North America.

The investments include:

$400 million and 190 new jobs at its Lincoln, Ala., auto and engine plant to increase production by 40,000 vehicles per year (to 340,000) and the addition of Acura MDX production in early 2013 (transitioning from Honda of Canada Mfg. Plant 2).

$299 million and 200 new jobs at the Anna Engine Plant to innovate and expand local production of powertains and components, including production of pulleys for continuously variable transmissions and a new 320,000-square foot parts consolidation center.

$40 million and nearly 300 new jobs at the Greensburg, Ind., auto plant to increase production by 50,000 units per year (to 250,000) and to add Civic Hybrid production, the plant's second hybrid model, by early 2013. The Indiana plant added a second production shift in October 2011, creating 1,000 new positions and doubling the plant's capacity to 200,000 vehicles per year.

$166 million at the East Liberty, Ohio, auto plant for a 195,000-square foot expansion including new door and instrument panel assembly lines, an extended final assembly line and a new vehicle-quality department.

$175 million and 100 new jobs at the Russells Point, Ohio, transmission plant to increase high-pressure die casting operations and to add a third line for production of advanced, efficient continuously variable transmissions for the 2013 Accord.

$64 million at the Marysville Auto Plant for a 24,000-square foot expansion and new metal stamping capabilities

$800 million for a new automobile plant in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico, with an annual capacity of 200,000 units for the production of subcompact vehicles. The plant will employ 3,200 associates at full capacity and is schedule to begin Honda Fit production in 2014.

In addition to direct investments, Honda also works with approximately 500 U.S. OEM parts and materials suppliers, and purchased $14.4 billion in OEM parts and materials from U.S. suppliers in 2011. Honda has more than 600 parts suppliers in North America, with purchases expected to exceed $20 billion this year.

The 30th anniversary commemoration began in August with the mass production start of the all new 2013 Honda Accord at the Marysville Auto Plant. Better, not bigger, the completely new ninth-generation Honda Accord lineup includes the Accord Sedan and Accord Coupe powered by Honda's new Earth Dreams technology powertrain series, including direct-injected 4-cylinder, V-6 and two-motor hybrid powertrains, teamed to new manual, automatic and continuously variable transmission (CVT) options. An all-new 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Sedan is scheduled to debut in early 2013, followed by the new two-motor full hybrid, based on the same powertrain architecture, in later 2013.

The first Japanese car built in America – a silver-gray 1983-model Accord bearing Ohio license plate USA 001 – is on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Does it make me a nut that I absolutely love that generation Accord? (ok, well I guess I am) It's pure elegance in its simplicity.
      • 2 Years Ago
      *looks at counter on sign* Were they only planning on producing a maximum of 999 Accords in America? :P
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honda should bring Goldwing production back to Ohio.
        • 2 Years Ago
        After many years of dealing with poor American suppliers on reworking their parts, l don't blame them for exiting its production.
      Robert Fahey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honestly I thought that was a Buick Grand National in the photo. There is a great disturbance in the Force ...
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Robert Fahey
        You might wish to get your eyes checked, Obi Wan Kenobi.
      Fab Jensen
      • 2 Years Ago
      But all the profits go back to Japan!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fab Jensen
        Except you're kind of wrong, it's a publicly traded company with shareholders around the globe.
        Stephen W
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fab Jensen
        Wrong, as the towns where Honda does business, and all the part supplier towns, open you eyes.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fab Jensen
        Fab, would you rather people buy a Ford Fusion built in Mexico? Then the profits going to the Ford Family?
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kudos to Honda, but 200 jobs is a drop in the ocean for the US economy. Honda should build plants in Tennessee and Georgia to increase American production in the coming years.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        200 direct jobs means more folks in the canteen, more sales for coffee shops in the area, increased production means more parts which means more jobs at suppliers..., increased hauling etc.... Problem is when people jump to conclusion after failing to see the bigger picture.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Announcing this 1 week before the election, in the most important battleground state, is going to cause a lot of people to accuse them of trying to sway the election.
        John S
        • 2 Years Ago
        The trolls in Flyoverstan are really out today.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't say I'm happy that a large foreign company saved up this and the other big press release (Honda aircraft) for just days before the US Election. We're supposed to say, wow, look at all this job growth... Well, bad news Honda, your airplane sucks compared to what is already offered by Embraer and Bombardier... and your cars are pretty sucky right now too! And 200 jobs? that's news? You can do better. Obama sure is popular with folks not born in the USA
        Harry A. Mitchell II
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Travisjb- Wow, i can't escape political conspiracy theorist even on a car website! I just bought a 2012 Honda Civic Coupe and I love it.......did you hear that.......I love it! Now go vote for Twit Romney and get a life!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Harry A. Mitchell II
          I'll continue my conspiracy theory... given your thumbnail, it is clear where you fall on the political spectrum. why are you here? are you really a car person? This "news" by Honda is simply election day positioning... +200 jobs by a company that employs 27,000 in the U.S. and 100,000 globally, is not news but it is consistent with Obama's record on job creation... from 7.8% to 7.9% unemployment in his term... a few jobs created in his last couple months (also debatable) but not enough to keep up with population growth for the year. Both he and Honda are celebrating? Yeah right.
        Toronto St. Pats
        • 2 Years Ago
        LOL of course your name is Travis.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think Honda made some of the best cars in the world. It is just sad that Honda has abandoned its racing tradition in pursuit of a stupid jet and battery packs.
        Andrew T
        • 2 Years Ago
        What are you talking about? HPD just won LMP1 and P2 in ALMS.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Andrew T
          Dave, what car company is selling PUBLIC offerings with basic braking and suspension settings that go straight to racing?
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Andrew T
          Congratulations to them. But I believe Mercer is referring to their production cars, which have received downgraded suspension and brake hardware and no longer offer the amazing bang for the buck they once did. And the Honda hybrids (and BEVs) and HondaJets Mercer is referring to haven't helped the bottom line much, if at all.
      • 2 Years Ago
      We like jobs!!! Good to hear!! Thanks Honda!
      • 2 Years Ago for Obama and good things just seem to go your way!
        • 2 Years Ago
        Not quite, first its not a unionionized mftr and it doesn't have to be because Honda management is very responsive to its workers, facilities and product, something GM mgmt can only dream off! Second, it lets its engineers to be engineers as well everyone in the mftr line, GM, Chrysler(FIAT), and FORD are sometimes hampered to do right thing(efficiency & quality) because of managerial inneptness and/or worker contractual agreements.
      anonymous guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      That 80's Accord is better looking than today's 2013.
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