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Japanese automaker Honda is reporting its plans to invest $215 million to expand an engine plant and build two training centers in Ohio, United States.

In order to expand aluminum die-casting and engine parts production for Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology engines around $180 million will be invested at the Anna engine plant, adding to more than $500 million already invested at Anna in the last three years on new direct-injection engines and advanced pulley components for continuously variable transmissions.

A few years ago the plant only made four engines, but soon it will be able to make no less than 12 and will use the new training center there to keep workers efficient, said Rick Schostek, senior vice president of Honda North America, speaking on Wednesday at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars in Acme.

Honda has also started building near Marysville, Ohio a new 160,000-square-foot training center, heritage center and office space for a shared services company. The investment here will total $35-million and the facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.

Celebrating Honda’s past, the new heritage center will highlight the 36 years since Honda announced plans to manufacture in Ohio. This is because three decades ago, it became the first foreign automaker to start manufacturing vehicles in the U.S.