Ohio Cooperative-served Honda invests another $215 million in Ohio

Honda Motor Company recently announced a round of upgrades and new construction at facilities located in Ohio’s electric cooperative territory.

Planned improvements include new powertrain technology and a technical training center at the engine plant in Anna, which is served by Pioneer Electric Cooperative.

Additionally, construction is already underway on a new 160,000-square-foot building in Marysville. The facility will include new office space for Honda North America Services, an entity relocating from California. It will have about 500 employees, Honda said. The company’s Marysville operations are served by Union Rural Electric Cooperative.

The $180 million in improvements slated for Anna will expand the plant’s aluminum die-casting and engine parts production capabilities. Honda is producing its next generation Earth Dreams Technology engines and transmissions at Anna and Russells Point. The company’s total investment at Anna in the past three years will surpass $500 million.

The Marysville facility will include a technical training center and a heritage center highlighting Honda’s 30-plus-year history in Ohio and North America. The new building in Marysville is projected to cost $35 million and open in the fall of 2014.

Honda in Ohio has exported more than 90,000 vehicles to other countries in 2012, a figure expected to climb to 200,000 annually in the coming years. Parts exports are expected to increase 70 percent, according to the company.

Honda will have invested almost $1 billion in Ohio in the last three years counting the new projects. It has more than 13,700 employees in the state.

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