By Drew Johnson
Thursday, Nov 1st, 2012 @ 9:10 am
 

Honda announced on Thursday plans to invest $200 million in its Russells Point, Ohio, transmission plant and Anna, Ohio, engine plan, creating 200 new jobs. The announcement comes on Honda's 30th anniversary of manufacturing in the United States.

"For 30 years, Honda associates in our U.S. auto plants have challenged themselves and set high standards to create products that meet the needs of our customers here and in markets around the world," said Tetsuo Iwamura, president and CEO of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and chief operating officer of North American Regional Operations. "We continue to invest in our associates, helping to keep our operations in America on the leading edge of quality, efficiency and flexibility."

Honda was the first Japanese automaker to setup shop in the U.S., with Accord production commencing in Ohio in 1982. Honda was also the first Japanese automaker to build engines and transmissions in the United States.

Honda currently operates seven production facilities in North America with a cumulative production capacity of 1.63 million vehicles. However, Honda will open a new plant in Mexico in 2014, bumping that figure to 1.92 million units.

In the United States Honda employs more than 26,000 people.