MARYSVILLE — Honda marked a major milestone Tuesday as the company’s eight auto plants in the United States, Canada and Mexico reached the 30 million mark in total automobile production. Honda started auto production in North America in Marysville, Ohio, on Nov. 1, 1982. In 2014, more than 97 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.
“The production of 30 million automobiles in North America is the result of the support we have received from our customers and the communities that serve as a strong foundation of our operations in North America,” said Takuji Yamada, president of Honda North America Inc. “This is an incredible achievement by Team Honda — including the tremendous dedication and teamwork of our associates, past and present, together with our suppliers, dealers and business partners — all focused on creating joy for our customers.”
Honda was the first Japanese automaker to begin production of automobiles in the U.S. and North America. Since production started in Marysville, Honda has established automobile manufacturing operations in East Liberty, Ohio; Lincoln, Alabama; Greensburg, Indiana; Alliston, Ontario; Canada; El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico, and Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico. A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, in Marysville, will begin production next year of the next-generation Acura NSX supercar.
Honda auto production in North America is supported by engine manufacturing operations in Anna, Ohio; Lincoln, Alabama; Alliston, Ontario, and Celaya, Mexico and by the production of automatic transmissions in Russells Point, Ohio, Tallapoosa, Georgia, and Celaya. Total investment in Honda’s North American auto, engine and transmission facilities tops $17 billion, with these operations now employing more than 28,000 associates.
Honda’s automotive manufacturing operations produce 11 different models, including five passenger cars and six light trucks, and have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year.
Honda is supported by a network of 713 suppliers in North America, with purchasing of parts and components last year exceeding $26 billion.
Here is a summary of the Honda North America 30 million automobile production:
• Honda of America Mfg. Marysville Auto plant, started in 1982, 12.2 million autos produced to date.
• Honda of America Mfg. East Liberty Auto plant, started in 1989, 5.1 million autos produced to date.
• Homda Manufacturing of Alabama, started in 2001, 3.6 million autos produced to date.
• Honda of Canada Mfg., Plant 1, started in 1986, 4.3 million autos produced to date.
• Honda of Canada Mfg., Plant 2, started in 1998, 2.9 million autos produced to date.
• Honda de Mexico, El Salto, Jalisco, started in 1995, 640,000 autos produced to date.
• Honda de Mexico, Celaya, Guantajuato, started in 2014, 175,000 autos produced to date.
Honda established operations in America in 1959 and now employs more than 40,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with total capital investment in North America exceeding $23 billion. Based on its longstanding commitment to “build products close to the customer,” Honda operates 18 major manufacturing facilities in North America. Using domestic and globally sourced parts, these plants produce a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, power equipment products, such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, and the HondaJet advanced light jet. Honda also operates 14 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.