Honda will spend $215 million in investments in its operations in Ohio, the carmaker has announced. The fresh investments will further bring Honda’s total investment in its operations in North America in the past three years to almost $2.7 billion. The carmaker is spending around $180 million at the Anna Engine Plant of Honda of America Mfg. Inc. in Ohio with an aim to expand capabilities in aluminum die casting and engine parts production in connection to new Honda Earth Dreams Technology engines and transmissions.
This brings Honda’s total investment at its Anna site to over $500 million in the past three years. Previous investments at the site have resulted to introduction of new direct injection engines and have help localize output of advanced pulley components for continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) built at Honda's transmission plant in Ohio.
Honda will also set up technical training centers for powertrains at Anna and for auto manufacturing in Marysville with an aim to provide Honda engineers, equipment service technicians and line-side associates with opportunities to develop skills that will further polish their technical knowledge in a hands-on environment.
Honda has commenced the construction of a 160,000-square-foot building near its operations in Marysville, Ohio. The new building will be home to the training facility and a heritage center that highlights Honda's history in Ohio and North America. The new building will also provide office space for Honda North America Services LLC. The $35-million facility is set to commence operation in the fall of 2014.
"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." [source: Honda]