Honda of South Carolina Mfg. Inc. will invest $27 million to add production of its next generation of side-by-side multi-utility vehicle at its Timmonsville, South Carolina plant, with plans to create more than 65 new jobs.
“Reaching the milestone of 2.5 million units is a testament to the commitment of our associates and the entire Honda team to produce products that exceed our customer's expectations,” said HSC plant manager Scott McKenzie. “Adding the new side-by-side production demonstrates the confidence Honda top management has in our associates and their capabilities to produce these new vehicles.”
“When a world-class company like Honda increases its footprint here, it shows that South Carolina is the right place to do business,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.
Honda side-by-side production will be relocated from Honda Mexico to Honda South Carolina, the firm said. Based on the potential for increased production and future expansion at Honda South Carolina, along with plans to expand the side-by-side dealer network throughout the U.S. in 2013, the company determined that South Carolina was the right location.
“The Timmonsville plant has established a strong foundation in South Carolina by continually improving our plant operations in order to exceed the expectations of our customers,” said Brian Newman, president of Honda South Carolina. “The addition of this new product will allow the Timmonsville plant to grow its commitment to the great state of South Carolina by investing in new expansion, tooling and new jobs for this area. Production of the side-by-side also will benefit the region by increasing the volume and range of parts purchasing from domestic suppliers.”
The Timmonsville plant currently manufactures all Honda ATVs for the North American market and the vast majority for global sales. HSC is also the exclusive North American production site for its utility models. In addition to manufacturing, Honda established R&D and engineering, as well as the company’s export handling operations in South Carolina, along with a parts distribution center and other operations that support product development, manufacturing and sales in North America.
Honda South Carolina will renovate an existing 94,000-square-foot building to receive the production equipment from Honda de Mexico’s side-by-side plant. In the second half of 2013, HSC will be ready to begin production for a new generation of Honda side-by-side, the company said.
Florence County Economic Development Partnership Chairman Dr. Charles Gould said, “Honda’s presence in Florence County has been and will remain incredibly significant. They have been one of our largest employers for quite some time and the epitome of an outstanding corporate citizen.”