Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC today began mass production of the fuel-efficient, 4-cylinder Honda Civic sedan at its new facility in Greensburg, Indiana. The $550 million facility will ultimately produce 200,000 vehicles, and employ 2,000 associates at full capacity.
“Withcontinued high demand for the Honda Civic, we are honored and excited to help meet the needs of our customers in North America,” said Yuzo Uenohara, president of Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN). “Our new Indiana associates are dedicated to building the very best Honda products, with customer satisfaction as our top goal.”
Currently,Honda Manufacturing of Indiana is operating on one shift with plans to add a second shift in 2009. The Honda Civic sedan being built in Indiana features the 140-hp, 1.8-liter, 16-valve SOHC i-VTEC® 4-cylinder gasoline engine produced by Honda associates at a Honda engine plant in nearby Anna, Ohio.
“We’vereached this milestone thanks to great cooperation and support from Indiana’s state and local leaders,” said Rick Schostek, vice president of HMIN. “It was a team effort with INDOT, the Department of Workforce Development, the Indiana Department of Economic Development, Decatur County, the City of Greensburg and many others making important contributions to our successful startup.”
Honda announced plans to build the Greensburg facility in June 2006, and broke ground for the new production facility in March 2007. The new plant is a comprehensive production facility that includes metal stamping, plastic injection molding, subassembly and final assembly and other processes. Honda Manufacturing of Indiana sits on a 1,700 acre parcel facing Interstate 74 in Greensburg.