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Yuzo Uenohara is the first president of Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC. (HMIN). In this role, he has responsibility for bringing Honda's 7th auto plant in North America into mass production.
Prior to becoming president of HMIN, Uenohara served for the past ten years in key positions within Honda's manufacturing operations in North America, including helping launch two new factories into mass production. Earlier in his career, Uenohara was part of the team that helped launch Honda's first U.S. auto production in 1982.
Most recently, Uenohara served as senior vice president of Manufacturing Operations at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC (HMA) in Lincoln, Alabama, a position he assumed in June 2005. He was project leader for the construction of the frame plant, which includes all production departments. Uenohara joined the Alabama Project Team in 1999 (based at Honda of America Mfg., Inc. in Marysville, Ohio). The project team was responsible for coordinating all activities related to the start up of a new Honda production plant in Alabama.
Prior to joining the effort to build the new plant in Alabama, Uenohara helped launch Plant 2 at Honda of Canada Manufacturing in Alliston, Ontario. This challenging effort involved Honda's first effort in the world to build light truck class vehicles. He was transferred from Honda Motor Co., Ltd. in Japan, to Honda of Canada in 1997, to serve as Sub Project Leader during this construction of Honda's' second automobile plant in Canada. The plant began production in 1998. Uenohara also served as manager, now called senior technical staff, of the Weld Department at Honda of Canada's Plant 2.
In 1982, Uenohara helped establish the Weld Department at the Marysville Auto Plant of Honda of America Mfg., Honda's first automobile plant in America. The plant began production in November 1982.
Uenohara joined Honda Motor Co., Ltd. in 1970.