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Honda of America Drives Home Major Investment at Marysville, Ohio, Plant

09/19/2017
Honda of America Mfg., Inc. invested $267 million and is adding 300 new jobs to support production of the all-new Honda Accord and to increase production at its plant in Marysville, Ohio.

"The new jobs and production growth will enable us to meet anticipated strong demand for the new Honda Accord," said Rob May, MAP Plant Manager. "Re-imagining the new Accord and bringing it to life took an incredible effort by our project team and our associates. The privilege of producing America's best-selling car for the last 41 years is a significant point of pride for our associates."

The investment total includes $220 million at MAP for new technologies and processes, including a new $165 million weld department featuring 342 state-of-the-art welding robots and $47 million at Honda's nearby Anna, Ohio engine plant for production of the 2018 Accord's 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines, the first application of turbo power to the Accord lineup.

Additional new technologies applied to the manufacture of the new Accord at MAP include a laser brazing process for the Accord's roof and new stamping techniques to produce its more sharply sculpted body.

In addition, Honda debuts Accord's first-ever use of high-performance structural adhesives for improved body rigidity, and the application of acoustic spray foam to the body for enhanced cabin quietness. Moreover, MAP has added a new sub-assembly process for the Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) that will help power the new Accord Hybrid, which will return to production in Ohio.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America, including nine auto plants. The company currently has the capacity to produce 1.92 million vehicles in North America and, in 2016, more than 95% of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts. In 2016, more than 68 percent of all Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were made in America, more than any other major automaker except one.

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