Honda begins production of Civic Sedans in Greensburg

GREENSBURG, IN - Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC has begun mass production of the 4-cylinder Honda Civic Sedan at its new facility in Greensburg, Indiana.

The $550 million plant ultimately will produce 200,000 vehicles annually, and employ 2,000 associates at full capacity.

Nearly 900 Indiana associates have been conducting trial production for several months, refining new processes and equipment, and learning how to meet Honda standards for quality, efficiency and flexibility. Thursday's startup of mass production culminates several weeks of department-by-department production startups in stamping, welding, painting, plastic injection molding, body assembly and other areas.

Currently, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana is operating on one shift with plans to add a second shift in 2009.

Honda announced plans to build the Greensburg facility in June 2006, and broke ground for the new production facility in March 2007.  The new plant is a comprehensive production facility that includes metal stamping, plastic injection molding, subassembly and final assembly and other processes. Honda Manufacturing of Indiana sits on a 1,700 acre parcel facing Interstate 74 in Greensburg.

The plant will be Honda's second U.S. auto plant designed as a zero waste-to-landfill facility. It will help boost Honda's total North American automobile production capacity from 1.42 million units to more than 1.62 million.