Honda plans $23M Ohio expansion to build Accord Hybrid

Auto Club USAHonda Motor Co.’s U.S. unit will spend $23 million to expand its Marysville, Ohio, plant to build the 2014 Accord Hybrid, the company said today.

The plant will add about 50 workers for production of the hybrid sedan, which is scheduled to go on sale this fall, the company said.

The Accord Hybrid will be the third hybrid built by Honda in the United States, and the first in Ohio. Honda’s Greensburg, Ind., plant assembles the Civic Hybrid and Acura ILX Hybrid.

Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. is expanding the Marysville plant by 95,000 square feet — the size of a typical department store — to accommodate Accord Hybrid production. The project includes lengthening the main assembly line.

Honda operates four plants in Ohio: assembly plants in Marysville and East Liberty, an engine plant in Anna and a transmission plant in Russells Point. In 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,” said Jeff Tomko, plant manager of the Marysville factory, in a statement.

“At the same time, we are continuing with our commitment to manufacture new models in Ohio, along with the resulting growth in jobs.”

You can reach Vince Bond Jr. at vbond@crain.com.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/article/20130110/OEM05/130119994#ixzz2HbbQZrrm

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