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American Honda Opens New Midwestern
Consolidation Center in Troy, Ohio
$89 Million Parts Distribution
Facility to be 'Green Building'
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. opened
its $89 million Midwestern Consolidation Center in Troy, Ohio, a
key hub that will supply Honda's nine other parts distribution
centers throughout the U.S. The 549,000 square foot (sq. ft.)
facility was designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green
Building Council (USGBC).
From left, Bruce T. Smith, company
assistant vice president, discusses the new facility with Troy
Mayor Michael L. Beamish and company Senior Manager Tony Gomes.
(Photo by Paul Vernon.)
of 500,000 sq. ft. of warehouse distribution space and 49,000
sq. ft. of office space, the facility is located on 58 acres
adjacent to American Honda's existing parts distribution center,
which has been operating in Troy since 1986. The hub also houses
a procurement operations support office that is already
functioning in the new facility, including 100 of the
procurement associates who were relocated from the neighboring
facility. The warehouse will be fully completed and begin
operations later this fall and will include the creation of 110
new full-time jobs.
"This centrally-located facility will enable us
to provide the highest level of service to our customers by enhancing
timely distribution of parts and materials and improving inventory
management," said James Roach, senior vice president of American Honda's
Parts Division. "More than 530 Honda suppliers in 33 states provide
parts and materials to create Honda and Acura products and this center
will be organizing and distributing parts from this growing U.S. supply
As part of Honda's commitment to environmental
sustainability, the new Troy distribution center was designed and
constructed utilizing environmentally friendly products and materials.
American Honda is working with the USGBC to
earn the organization's Gold rating LEED certification including many
energy-saving attributes such as an Energy Star reflective roof to
reduce heat gain and lower air conditioning requirements; reclaimed
water used for landscaping; and an intelligent lighting system that
makes greater use of natural light. Honda has other LEED gold certified
facilities in Gresham, Oregon and Raymond, Ohio; and, also anticipates
that its newly-opened Acura Design Studio in Torrance, Calif. will
achieve gold certification.
American Honda currently employs approximately
340 full-time associates at the existing Troy facility. Upon completion
of the new facility, approximately 110 new full-time warehouse positions
will be created with total employment at the new warehouse facility
expected to exceed 200 associates.
All Photos: Honda
(June 13, 2007)