Honda today unveiled the newest associate profile in its popular 12-part What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda video series. Jon Wells is the Senior Manager of Logistics and Materials Control at Honda Aircraft Company, and is featured for the many unique ways he uses his piloting skills to make a difference in his community.
Wells is a 12-year Honda veteran, and his team manages every part that enters the Honda Aircraft Company facility in Greensboro, North Carolina, where the innovative HondaJet is being manufactured. Wells ensures that the material needed to prepare the aircraft gets to where it needs to go at each step of the manufacturing process.
"The aircraft first flew in 2003 and I was actually at American Honda on the automotive side. When I saw it fly, I knew that my ultimate goal was to combine what I do with my passion for aviation," Wells said.
When not working at Honda Aircraft, Wells lives his dream by piloting his own personal aircraft. But Wells takes his dream a step further by combining it with the Honda philosophy he teaches by using his plane to help others.
A licensed Airline Transport Pilot and certified flight instructor, Wells has transported more than 240 patients for medical treatment through Angel Flight, and has also transported more than 200 animals to new homes through the Pilots 'n Paws program.
"Honda challenges us to be a company that society wants to exist and one of the ways we can do that is by giving back to the community," said Wells. "You can get your pilot's license but after you get it, then what? This was an opportunity to put it to work, to do something good and to show how useful aviation can be."
The What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda video series focuses on Honda's commitment to innovation, inclusion, a youthful spirit and respect for the individual – core tenets of Honda's approach to business that work equally well in the community. In addition, the videos spotlight the diverse career opportunities that exist within Honda, while also showcasing inspiring ways these associates engage in their communities.
The What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda series will run on Honda's YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxfhBgUbE7w.
Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 33,000 associates in its North America sales, R&D and manufacturing. It now operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.
This includes eight Honda auto plants in the North American region that have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. Honda operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.
In 2013, more than 90 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.
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