A different approach to a slowdown
Honda to cut back production, but workers will focus on safety, quality
Like many other manufacturers, Honda is slowing production this summer on some of its less-efficient vehicles. The typical August slowdown in production is more acute this year with rising gas prices sending drivers scurrying for more fuel-efficient cars.
So it came as no surprise that Honda announced it would scale back production of its Odyssey and Pilot models at the Lincoln, AL facility. However, as the Birmingham Business Journal reported, that doesn’t mean layoffs, or even idle workers. A spokesman for Honda said production workers will be offered the chance to use vacation time. Take time off with no pay and no attendance penalty, or come to work to perform non-production tasks. The spokesman also said employees would use the downtime to improve its safety and quality programs.
"Our associates who choose to come to work during these non-production shifts will use this time for additional training in safety and quality as well as maintenance," the spokesman said. "In addition, many associates will make preparations for the Ridgeline pick up that will soon be built in Lincoln."
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.