Honda has announced a $215 million investment in a pair of its Ohio operations, taking its total tally for North American operations up to $2.7 billion in three years. The announcement was made at the 2013 Center For Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City.

$180 million of the investment is earmarked for Honda's Anna, OH engine plant. The money will allow the facility to increase its aluminum die casting and increase production of Honda's Earth Dreams Technology engines. Think of Earth Dreams as sort of like Mazda's Skyactiv line, only ED is limited to a new line of engines, rather than a full suite of automotive components. Anna will also be getting a new technical center to train engineers, techs, and line workers on powertrain technology.

The remaining $35 million is slated for Honda's main Ohio operations in Marysville. A 160,000-square-foot facility will be constructed near Honda's current properties, which will house another technical training center to focus on automotive manufacturing. The new building will also house Honda's North American Services group, as well as a new heritage center.
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Honda Investing Additional $215 million in Ohio Operations

-- Adding New Powertrain Technology, Technical Training Centers and a Heritage Center --
-- Honda's North American Investment Exceeds $2.7 Billion in Last Three Years --


08/07/2013 - TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.
Honda today announced that it will invest approximately $215 million in its Ohio operations to add new powertrain technologies and a technical training center at its engine plant in Anna, Ohio, while also establishing a technical training center, heritage center that highlights Honda's history in Ohio and North America, and office space for the new Honda North America Services, LLC in Marysville, Ohio. These new investments bring to nearly $2.7 billion the amount Honda has invested in its North American operations in the last three years.

"For the 21st century of manufacturing, we believe our success will be defined by the successful interaction between our associates and technology," said Rick Schostek, senior vice president of Honda North America, Inc. "Even as we introduce more sophisticated technologies in our products and in our plants, we are working to ensure that our associates are equipped with the skills required for the manufacturing requirements of the future. We view this investment in Honda people as critical to our future success."

Honda is investing approximately $180 million at the Honda of America Mfg., Inc. Anna Engine Plant to expand capabilities in aluminum die casting and engine parts production related to the new Honda Earth Dreams Technology engines and transmissions. This brings total investment at the Anna plant over the last three years to more than $500 million. Previous investments have helped introduce new direct injection engines and to localize production of advanced pulley components for continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) assembled at Honda's transmission plant in Ohio.

The technical training centers for powertrains at Anna and auto manufacturing in Marysville will provide Honda engineers, equipment service technicians and line-side associates with unique opportunities to develop skills that will refine their technical know-how in a hands-on environment.

In addition, Honda has started construction on a new 160,000-square-foot building near its existing operations in Marysville. The new building will house the training facility, a heritage center and office space for Honda's new shared services company formed in April to reorganize existing support services in North America. This $35 million facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.

The heritage center will highlight the products and significant milestones in the history of Honda in North America, with an emphasis on the role of Honda operations in Ohio. With plans to be open to the public, the center will showcase Honda's accomplishments during the 36 years since the company announced in 1977 that it would establish a production operation in Ohio.

"We're excited to highlight our more than 30-year history of manufacturing in North America," Schostek said. "The new Honda facility in Marysville represents an important link between our past achievements and our increasing responsibilities in the future that require advanced production skills and technologies."

In addition to major investments at the Anna Engine Plant, Honda also has been implementing advanced technologies and introducing new products at all of its plants in North America. In Ohio alone, the investments over the last three years now total more than $1 billion.

About Honda
Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 33,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with a capital investment of more than $22 billion.

Based on Honda's approach of "building products close to the customer" Honda started local production of motorcycles in the U.S. in September 1979. In November 1982, Honda became the first Japanese automaker to begin automobile production in the U.S. Since then, Honda has continued to expand local production, and cumulative production volume of automobiles in North America through March 2013 was more than 25 million units.

Honda now operates 14 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Seven Honda auto plants in the North American region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.63 million automobiles each year. In 2012, 90 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. This will increase to 1.92 million vehicles per year in 2014, when the sales percentage of locally produced automobiles is expected to rise to more than 95 percent.


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      AGSHOP
      • 1 Year Ago
      chump change for the BIG H
      normc32
      • 1 Year Ago
      Turbo-4! Turbo-4! Turbo-4... awe shucks.
        carlotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @normc32
        Ford has proven turbo fours suck more than air. CR found the "ecoboosts" to be inferior to the competition.
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carlotta
          No, they found the 2.0 to be slightlz slower by straight up numbers than the V6 competition but were perfectly pleased with the performance. They like Ford's EcoBoost engines in other applications, especially the 3.5 and the 1.0.
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          @carlotta
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          @carlotta
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          normc32
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carlotta
          No turbo-4 competition from the Japanese?
          teh_4rd_humper_deep_sheman
          @carlotta
          @ merlot / the guy that keeps ballooning his comment ratings with votes from his multiple accounts. The 2.0L Ecoboost was made to compete with the V6 engines from other brands. If it doesn't return much better mileage in the real-world, and it has poorer performance, and it adds all kinds of unnecessary complexity, they 2.0L Ecoboost does suck.
          Ed
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carlotta
          This is what CR said about Ford's Ecoboost 4 cylinders, merlot... http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2013/02/consumer-reports-finds-small-turbo-engines-don-t-deliver-on-fuel-economy-claims/index.htm "Looking at EPA fuel-economy estimates (calculated based on laboratory tests), some of these cars' turbocharged engines seem to have an advantage. But we found those results don't match the findings from our own fuel-economy tests. The latest example is the collection of EcoBoost Ford Fusions we tested, which come with small, direct-injection, turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The smallest one—a 1.6-liter producing 173 hp—is a $795 option over the basic conventional 2.5-liter four cylinder on Fusion SE models. But that car's 0-60 mph acceleration time trails most competitors, and its 25 mpg overall places it among the worst of the crop of recently-redesigned family sedans. The Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Nissan Altima, all with conventional 2.4- or 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, get an additional 2, 5, and 6 mpg, respectively. And all accelerate more quickly." The larger among Ford's EcoBoost four-cylinder engines, the turbocharged 231-hp, 2.0-liter, is billed as having the power of a V6 but delivering the fuel economy of a four-cylinder. However, our so-equipped Fusion Titanium returned 22 mpg (which pales against the 25 and 26 mpg we recorded for the best V6 family sedans), slower acceleration and reduced refinement compared to its V6-powered peers."
          m_2012
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carlotta
          You dont get out much huh?
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @normc32
        The japaneese gaints like nissan and toyota are going turbo (juke 1.6 Di turbo and the micra 1.2 dd supercharger) nissan is going that route using DI, turbo or supercharger and downsize the engine, partner renault already started, remember the 1.4 turbo to appear in nissan car starting 2016, toyota to have a 2.0 turbo 2015. Infiniti to use merc turbo engines. Mazda and honda seems to just gone to use DI, and Di and VCM for V6 while I agree with some comments on Ford eco boost, I disagree with one, the 1.0 liter engine with 125 HP is a top performance engine and it is fuel efficient, it pull like a 1.6 liter engine. the auto world love it in europe and australia, because of the turbo there is a lot of low end torque so it feel nippy. Recently daimler was seeking information about the engine development and it got the engine of the year award.
          normc32
          • 1 Year Ago
          @chanonissan
          In the United States? Where everyone has turbo-4?
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda bets big on dead end tech and marketing to build their product line, meanwhile other companies are focusing on next generation products.
        wilkegm
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        @normc32- ED engine HAVE direct injection. Toyota has been using DI overseas for years, but fuel economy was a lower priority in the low-cost US market. Toyota's and Honda's core raputation is on longevity. If I had to pick between a car with or without a turbo to put 300k on, I know what I would choose.
          normc32
          • 1 Year Ago
          @wilkegm
          2.3 iron block Saabs are well over 300km with many of the turbo charged engines with a turbo rebuild($50.00) with many of then pushing 350,000 miles.
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      Legend
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does jeremy clarkson know about this "earth dreams" rubbish?
      krusshall
      • 1 Year Ago
      Huh, huh...he said ED!
        carnut122
        • 1 Year Ago
        @krusshall
        Nice catch. Maybe it's time to rename the product line as we Americans love acronyms?
      NightFlight
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see that aaronm_mt has another new log in. Aaronm_mt, now with the A capitalized. Nice slip up, guy. Thanks for the proof that you have multiple log ins!
        normc32
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NightFlight
        You mean he slipped up drinking ahonda Kool_aid?
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      normc32
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why no mainstream turbos or direct injection in the US? If Acura came out with a basic luxury car with 2.0T and 6-speed the sales will follow?
      Mikey
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should make a water-powered engine and call it the "Wet Dreams" engine lineup. Tee hee.
      al4gg10
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope Honda / Acura can go back to leading the pack on engine technology back when they were in their hey days. That recent Powerball winner lusted after the NSX after all the cars he could Buy with that money. Also said he owned an Integra & loved that car. I know how he feels as I still love the Integra GSR parked in the garage .... but hey its been quite a while since Honda made a sports car enthusiasts Wanted. S2000 was the last ? I like the new Accords / like the fact Honda is usually in top of rankings for ISTHA crash tests but they have a crash test lab in Japan to do the research before its actually tested. Smart. Is there an Earth Dreams engine that breaks new ground like the VTECH engine back in the early 90s ? All other manufacturers have their version of VTECH now ... ground breaking engineering to bring that type of technology to mass production cars. My Earth Dream engine would be for something ground breaking again ! What did it take to make the design call to go out of the box back then ? Honda needs more of that !
        Scooter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        At the end of the day, its a numbers game. What sells out in huge numbers gets to survive another generation, what fails to move big numbers gets the axe.
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