Honda's Ohio assembly line hits 10 million

Auto manufacturer employs nearly 14,000 workers.
TNS Regional News
Mar 23, 2014

 

The 10 millionth U.S.-built Honda Accord rolled off the assembly line in Marysville on Thursday, a significant milestone for the auto manufacturer that employs nearly 14,000 workers in Ohio and is key to the regional economy.

The facility was considered a risk when Honda first started building cars there in 1982. Auto experts said the company now is an important contributor to the region’s economy as Ohio slowly tries to recapture thousands of manufacturing jobs lost during the Great Recession.

“There are several hundred suppliers in Ohio that rely on Honda to do business with and there’s a massive amount of economic value associated with all of that,” said Glenn Daehn, director of the Honda Partnership Program at the Ohio State Center for Automotive Research.

The Marysville facility alone employs about 1,500 in Clark and Champaign counties and about 1,200 across the rest of the Miami Valley. The plant can produce as many as 1,800 vehicles a day, and as many as 440,000 a year.

Honda’s recent investments at its U.S. manufacturing facilities amount to about $1.2 billion, according to information from the company.

The Accord produced Thursday was also the 20 millionth vehicle Honda has made overall in the U.S. The brand-new vehicle sat side-by-side with USA-001, a 1983 gray Accord that was the first built in Marysville in 1982. That historic vehicle was on loan from the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan.

Jim Wehrman, senior vice president of Honda of America Manufacturing, has been with the company for about 26 years. A native of Shelby County, he said Honda took a risk when it decided to build a factory in Ohio 32 years ago. Volkswagen had made an unsuccessful attempt to build a manufacturing site in Pennsylvania, he said, but at that time no other foreign automakers were willing to make a similar wager.

“It had never been done before and the common knowledge was you couldn’t do it,” Wehrman said.

Since then Honda has become one of the region’s largest employers and has added a variety of operations in Troy, Anna, East Liberty, Russells Point and Raymond, Ohio. In 2012, the company estimated its payroll in the U.S. at $2 billion.

“The company we were in 1982 and the company we are today, it’s not even comparable,” Wehrman said.

Like many auto manufacturers, Honda is recovering after the industry took a major hit during the Great Recession.

A decade ago more than 31,000 Ohioans were working in the auto manufacturing industry, according to information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That number plunged to as few as 14,200 workers in 2009, but has crept up to more than 20,000 workers at the end of last year.

In 2013 Honda sold more than 1.5 million vehicles in the U.S., up 7 percent from the year before. That was just short of its record set in 2007.

“It’s not really at the volume it had been but it’s come back to where we’re running pretty much at full capacity right now,” Wehrman said.

Honda’s impact on central Ohio is important in other ways as well, Daehn said.

“The other thing that’s important about Honda is over the past several years, they’re really increased the amount of research, development, engineering and design that’s done in and around Marysville and they’re taking a lot of global leadership for what vehicles of the future look like,” Daehn said.

The 10 millionth Accord produced Thursday in Marysville will be sold, said Ron Lietzke, a spokesman for Honda.

“We’ve been building this for our customers and that’s where it’s going to go,” he said.

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By Matt Sanctis - Dayton Daily News, Ohio (MCT)

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Comments

TrollingMotors

But Mitt Romney said..... haha

wasthere

He also said watch out for Russia.....so Haha!!

TrollingMotors

Well yeah, because last time he seen Russia was Rocky 4

Super haha

rbenn

Actually troll Obama mocked Romney during the debate when it came to Russia, although Romney was spot on when it came to Russia. Your attempts to be funny are lame and honestly make you look like a buffoon. Liberalism is a disease that needs eradicated.

TrollingMotors

Actually RBhenoroid.

Its nothing new that Russia has been a problem and if Swiss Mitt was able to see into the future so well he would have seen his landslide defeat a mile away.

Yet he failed twice in a row because America does not want him

Stay in school kid

TrollingMotors

Facts tend to have a liberal Bias, Its gotta be tough being on the wrong side of history your whole life.

I feel bad for you since the facts stare you in the face everyday yet you choose to not acknowledge.

PS Lincoln was a Liberal thats why the slaves were freed but you are against that so you wouldnt know would you?

TrollingMotors

Still waiting.... Strange when you need to produce facts you disappear.

your making yourself look bad

rbenn

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.”

TrollingMotors

When was the last time the Republic had a President that left office with a balanced budget and a surplus?

I will wait for your answer.

Surely you can list a name and not some hokey excuse right?

Ill be right here.

TrollingMotors

Still nothing.... Just as I thought.

Thanks for playing the game of Facts and Reality. You scored a ZERO

rbenn

Clinton did, with a republican congress!! Next.

KnuckleDragger

The President has little to do with balancing the budget since the Constitution delegates control of the purse strings to Congress. So I'll bite, it happened during the Clinton presidency only due to the workings of a "Republican" Congress. This was done via a huge tax increase, using the Social Security surplus, and increased revenue to the treasury due to the tech boom. In fact in 1994 and 1995 when Clinton had a Dem controlled Congress the deficit was $203.2 billion and 163.9 billion respectively. Better yet why don't you tell me the last time we had a budget surplus when the Dems had control of both houses? I'll be waiting. Hint: It's been a long time. LOL

Contango

Re: "When was the last time the Republic had a President that left office with a balanced budget,"

Pres. Eisenhower.

http://taxvox.taxpolicycenter.or...

When Pres. Clinton left office: Balanced budget, deficit surplus, but $5T in budget debt.

Pres. Clinton had the "peace dividend" which resulted in decreased Defense spending due to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Also, Pres. Clinton had Y2K cap-ex spending which helped to increase tax receipts. The Tech Bubble began to unravel in Mar. 2000.

None of the confluence of events listed above is likely to be repeated.

Now The Rest of...

Successful auto plant without a government bailout and good paying jobs with benefits all without the UAW. Will Comrade Sheldon Brown somehow take credit for this?