In the state of Ohio auto manufacturing and Honda go hand in hand. The Japanese automaker's two assembly plants have combined to produce over 14 million autos since 1982, and the company's East Liberty facility just passed another milestone with auto number four million. The milestone vehicle produced was a CR-V, which is joined on the production line by the Accord Crosstour and the Element.
Honda managed to build four million vehicles at East Liberty in over 20 years through flexible manufacturing. The Honda facility has build many vehicles during its time, including the Accord, Civic and Acura CL. The plant has also ramped up production in 2010, with over 200,000 vehicles assembled to date, besting 2009 production, and has the capacity to build over 240,000 vehicles per year. Hit the jump to read Honda's press release.
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Since starting local auto production in 1989, seven years after Honda began auto production in the U.S. at the Marysville Auto Plant, the East Liberty Auto Plant has manufactured* a wide range of passenger cars and light trucks over the years, including the Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe, Civic GX compressed natural gas vehicle, Acura CL Coupe and Accord Sedan. The plant currently produces the Accord Crosstour and Element, as well as the CR-V models.
"This milestone is a testament to the dedication of our associates to provide the highest quality products to our customers," said Plant Manager John Mayberry. "Our team at the East Liberty plant has established a strong foundation in Ohio by continually improving our plant operations in order to exceed the expectations of our customers."
The East Liberty plant currently employs 2,400 associates and its flexible production line has the capacity to manufacture 240,000 passenger cars and light trucks per year.
With production of more than 200,000 vehicles thus far in 2010, the East Liberty plant's production is well ahead of the same period a year ago. Honda's auto plants in East Liberty and Marysville together have produced more than 490,000 passenger cars and light trucks in Ohio so far in 2010.
Capable of producing passenger cars and light truck models, associates at the East Liberty plant today manufacture the vast majority of the popular CR-V models sold in North America, and is the exclusive North American production site for the Crosstour and Element.
As with Honda's other auto, engine and transmission plants in North America, the East Liberty plant has undergone continuous innovation over the years, making it one of the most flexible and efficient plants in North America. The plant's capabilities to build larger vehicles increased with the launch last year of the Accord Crosstour, the largest and heaviest vehicle ever produced at the East Liberty plant.
The plant also achieves top quality levels, including a sixth-place ranking in the 2010 Initial Quality Survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates.
About Honda Manufacturing in Ohio
Since starting auto production in 1982, Honda's two Ohio auto plants have manufactured more than 14 million vehicles. Honda's largest auto engine plant in the world in Anna, Ohio manufactures four-cylinder and V-6 engines for automobile production in Ohio, Indiana and Canada. Honda also operates a large plant in Russells Point, Ohio for the production of automatic transmissions and four-wheel drive systems.
In addition to manufacturing, Honda has established substantial R&D and engineering operations in Ohio, along with a large regional parts distribution center and other operations that support product development, manufacturing and sales in North America. Among all of its operations in Ohio, Honda directly employs 13,500 Ohioans and tens of thousands more through its suppliers and other business partners.
*using domestic and globally sourced parts