Honda will mark 20 years of vehicle and engine production in Alabama, Sunday, Nov. 14, at the company’s production facility in Lincoln.
Honda began production in Alabama on Nov. 14, 2001, when an Odyssey minivan rolled off the assembly line, paving the way for what is now $2 billion in cumulative capital investment and more than 5 million light trucks and V-6 engines built over the company’s first two decades.
The Alabama Auto Plant is Honda’s primary production source globally for light trucks and V-6 engines and is the sole producer of the Honda Odyssey minivan, the Honda Passport SUV, the Honda Pilot SUV, and the Honda Ridgeline pickup truck. The Lincoln facility has the capacity to manufacture 340,000 vehicles and engines annually and employs more than 4,500 associates.
The Alabama Auto Plant, formerly Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA), began production with a vehicle assembly facility and an engine production facility, but with engine assembly uniquely occurring within the vehicle plant. Shortly after the first Honda Odyssey was produced in Alabama, Honda broke ground on a second vehicle production line, which started producing vehicles in 2004. A state-of-the-art engine assembly production line was added in 2015.
Honda’s impact hasn’t been limited to the production facility and team of associates. Throughout the past 20 years, Honda has made a considerable effort to serve the surrounding communities and across the state of Alabama.
“I’m from Lincoln and it’s just been an amazing thing to have a company like Honda in this little town,” said Honda associate Stephanie Alexander. “I remember when this was dirt and now people want to put businesses here. That to me is always very humbling to know that I work for a company that could come in and do so much.”
In 2019, an economic impact study commissioned by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama found that Honda contributed $12 billion to the state’s economy annually, which is 5.4% of Alabama’s GDP. In addition, the automaker accounts for over 19,000 direct and indirect jobs.
The largest impact is to the city of Lincoln and Talladega County, as well as Honda’s primary hiring areas - Calhoun, Etowah, St. Clair, and Jefferson counties - where much of the workforce lives.
“Honda is not just here to build cars. We are building families. We are building communities and we're doing it together,” said associate Connie Suttle, longtime Talladega resident and Production Team Lead who has been with Honda since the year production began, in 2001. “I found a home when I came to Honda.”
The night before the groundbreaking for the Alabama Auto Plant, Honda held a BBQ supper for the residents of Lincoln and the surrounding area. It was an opportunity for Honda leaders and the first locally-hired associates to meet the community. Honda will celebrate the 20th anniversary milestone in much the same way, with an Alabama-style BBQ to be held at a later date with its associates, on-site contractors and vendors.
“Getting to know and work with so many great associates over the years is the best part of my job,” Schwyn said. “We want to celebrate them and all of their accomplishments.”
About Honda Manufacturing in America
Honda established manufacturing operations in America in 1979 with the start of motorcycle production in Marysville, Ohio, followed in November 1982 by the start of automobile production at the Marysville Auto Plant.
In 2020, more than two-thirds of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were made in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts, and Honda’s cumulative auto production in America exceeds 28.2 million vehicles.
Honda has one of the largest and most diverse U.S. manufacturing footprints of any international company, employing more than 22,000 associates who support operations at the company’s 12 plants with the annual capacity to produce more than 1.2 million automobiles, 3.5 million engines, 750,000 power equipment products and 200,000 powersports products, as well as the HondaJet advanced light jet and GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines in America.
Cumulatively, Honda has invested more than $18.5 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations, including more than $3.2 billion over the past five years. The company also works with more than 627 U.S. original equipment suppliers, with U.S.-sourced parts purchases of $23.5 billion in 2020 and approximately $446.8 billion since 1979. Learn more at https://hondainamerica.com/.
More information about Honda is available in the Digital Fact Book.
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