For the first time at its Indiana LLC Manufacturing facility Honda began a second production shift. The plant, which produces the Civic sedan and the Civic Natural Gas, is adding about 1,000 new employees. According to company’s officials, two main factors are driving the expansion. The company has recovered from the earthquake that struck Japan earlier this year, and is anticipating mid- to long-term growth in the auto market.
The expansion will also have a big effect on more than 220 companies throughout Ohio that supply parts for Indiana-built Civics. More jobs are expected to be generated.
With these new employees, the plant will reach its full capacity of 200,000 vehicles per year. With the added shift, Honda said normal production has finally returned at all seven of its U.S. plants.
Earlier this year, Honda Manufacturing ?f Indiana, LLC w?? recognized f?r ?t? outstanding quality ?? one ?f ?nl? three automobile plants globally t? earn a Platinum Award f?r quality based ?n th? J.D. Power ?nd Associates 2011 Initial Quality Survey. Earlier th?? month, th? plant b?g?n production ?f th? redesigned 2012 Civic Natural Gas, th? ?nl? OEM-m?d? natural gas vehicle available f?r retail ??r?h??? ?n America.
After the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Honda, Nissan and Toyota faced serious production disruption. It not only destroyed facilities in Japan, but halted the parts flow to the U.S. Nissan seemed to recover first, but Honda and Toyota are still feeling the effects.