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15 Millionth Honda Engine Produced at
Associates at the largest Honda auto
engine plant in the world celebrated the 15 millionth engine
produced since Honda of America Mfg., Inc. opened the Anna
Engine Plant in 1985.
As the milestone engine was finished, a
$75 million expansion project at the plant continued toward
completion later this year. The project will transfer connecting
rod and camshaft production from Japan to Ohio.
“Today we are not only celebrating a
production milestone, but the efforts of our associates, past
and present, to satisfy 15 million customers,” said Dan Smith,
Honda of America vice president and plant manager of the Anna
“Engines power our products. But people
power our engines, and the outstanding efforts of Honda
associates in Ohio are the reason we continue to invest in the
expansion of our operations,” Smith said.
The 15 millionth engine, produced on Line 2, is
a 6-cylinder motor designed for a Honda Accord Coupe* to be assembled 45
miles to the east at the Marysville Auto Plant. The Anna Engine Plant
has three assembly lines and two foundries, one for aluminum and one for
ferrous casting. The plant produces drive shafts, connecting rods, brake
components and other parts, as well as all of its own engine blocks and
The Anna facility will serve as the engine
supply source for the Honda Manufacturing of Indiana plant under
construction in Greensburg, Ind. Production at this new plant begins in
The Marysville Auto Plant will have a
celebration of its own later this year. It was the site 25 years ago of
the first Japanese car built in America – a Honda Accord. The
anniversary coincides with the production of an all-new Accord for the
’08 model year.
The Anna Engine plant reached its milestone 22
years after it opened. At its current production rate – 1.15 million
engines annually – it will take only 13 years for Anna to build another
15 million engines.
Engines from Anna power the Honda
Accord Sedan and Coupe, Civic Sedan, Element and CR-V, and the
Acura TL and RDX made in Ohio – as well as the Honda Civic
Sedan, Coupe and Si, the Ridgeline and the Acura MDX and CSX
models built at two Honda plants in Alliston, Ontario.
The Anna plant has been expanded many
times, with the current project transferring additional
connecting rod and crankshaft business from Japan. Honda’s
investment in the Anna Engine Plant now exceeds $1.4 billion.
Honda employs more than 15,000 Ohioans,
including 12,500 at Honda of America. Honda of America
investment alone in Ohio totals more than $6.2 billion.
* Honda vehicles are produced using
domestic and globally sourced parts and materials.
All Photos: Honda
(May 17, 2007)