Honda completes $138 million expansion at Anna Engine Plant
Honda of America Manufacturing has invested more than $1.5 billion in its Anna, OH, Engine Plant since the facility first opened in 1985.
Honda of America Manufacturing has invested more than $1.5 billion in its Anna, OH, Engine Plant since the facility first opened in 1985. According to the CNN Money report, the plant unveiled the $138 million steel parts expansion project, designed to increase the production capability of the plant for all steel engine parts previously imported from Japan. The expansion will increase engine production at Honda’s new auto plant in Greensburg, IN., to more than 200,000 vehicles per year.
Honda added 135,000 square feet, a 8% increase in facility size, to bring the plant up to 1.74 million square feet of space. The new space houses the casting and machining of engine cylinder sleeves, crankshafts, camshafts and connecting rods. The project created 100 new jobs at the plant, which has 2,750 associates.
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