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SPECIAL SECTION Automotive
Honda / www.hondainamerica.com / Employees: More than 30,000 / Specialty: Automobiles/engines/mobility / Tom Shoupe, executive
vice president and COO at Honda of America Mfg.: "We believe we need to be ingrained in the communities we manufacture in."

honda and gm are each investing
$85 million to mass-produce an
advanced hydrogen fuel cell system
for the companies' future products.

Tuning Up

honda is investing millions to improve operations
and the auto industry. by jim harris
Since starting operations in
North America nearly 60 years ago,
Honda has not dramatically changed
its philosophy regarding investments.
"We came to the United States as
an extension of our manufacturing
philosophy, which is to build products where they are sold," says Tom
Shoupe, executive vice president and
COO of Honda of America Mfg., the
Japanese auto-making giant's U.S.based division in Central Ohio. "We
believe we need to be ingrained in the
communities we manufacture in, and
purchase products and materials near
those locations."
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The company has invested more
than $22 billion in its North American
operations. Honda started manufacturing operations in the region in 1979
when it opened a motorcycle plant
that employed 64 people in Marysville, Ohio. Today, Honda operates 19
manufacturing plants, where more
than 95 percent of the Honda and
Acura automobiles sold in the United States in 2016 were produced, the
company notes.
Honda also operates 16 research
and development centers in the United States, where it designs, develops
and engineers many of its products.

In addition to providing jobs for
more than 30,000 of its own employees, Honda operations also provide
opportunities for the people who
work for the 610 OEM supplier companies and other vendors that provide
it with parts and equipment.
Many of these suppliers are based
in the same communities where Honda manufactures products. "For every new, direct opportunity we add,
there are a lot of indirect and contract
opportunities," Shoupe says. "These
opportunities provide a multiplier
growth effect to communities, enabling them to grow and prosper."
"Our associates engage in communities in a way that provides a longterm benefit," he adds. "We want
people outside of Honda to want us
around, and we do a number of things
to be a good neighbor."


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