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Honda Celebrates 30th Anniversary in the U.S.
2012-11-02
Japanese automaker Honda today marks its 30th anniversary of U.S. auto manufacturing, a journey that includes a major investment in Alabama.

Honda, which has more than $12.5 billion in U.S. investments, today announced an additional $200 million investment and 200 new jobs at two plants in Ohio.

Also today, the first Honda built in the U.S., a silver-gray 1983 Accord, is on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. Its Ohio license plate reads USA 001.

Honda operates a light truck plant in the Talladega County town of Lincoln, where it started production in 2001.

In the past two years alone, the company has spent about $400 million and added 400 jobs at its Lincoln operations, where 4,000 people work.

And, coming up: the plant is increasing its capacity by 40,000 vehicles to 340,000 per year. Next year, workers also will begin building the Acura MDX SUV, along with the current lineup of the Odyssey minivan, Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup.

"The growth and success of Honda has been possible through the efforts and determination of all associates and our continued focus on exceeding the expectations of our customers," Tom Shoupe, head of the company's Alabama operations, said in a prepared statement.