Honda to invest $23 million in Marysville plant expansion image

Honda of America Manufacturing will invest $23 million to expand its Marysville, Ohio plant where it will build the 2014 Accord Hybrid, the company announced.

Honda Motor Company’s U.S. unit will hire about 50 workers for production of the hybrid sedan, which is scheduled to go on sale this autumn. The Accord Hybrid will be the third hybrid built by Honda in the United States and the first in Ohio. The Civic Hybrid and Acura ILX Hybrid are built at Honda’s Greensburg, Indiana, plant.

Honda of America Manufacturing is expanding the Marysville plant by 95,000 square feet to accommodate Accord Hybrid production. The project includes lengthening the main assembly line. Honda currently operates four plants in Ohio: Marysville and East Liberty assembly plants, an engine plant in Anna and a transmission plant in Russells Point. During the past three years, the company has announced more than $800 million in investments at its Ohio manufacturing sites.

“With more than 30 years of continuously building eight generations of the Honda Accord close to our customers, our team now is using its experience and flexibility to add this sophisticated Accord Hybrid model. At the same time, we are continuing with our commitment to manufacture new models in Ohio, along with the resulting growth in jobs,” said Jeff Tomko, plant manager of the Marysville factory, in a statement.