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Automotive SPECIAL SECTION

Plant Improvements
Just in the past four years, Honda has
invested $3 billion into its plants in the
United States. That investment soon
will grow even larger as a result of several projects announced earlier this year.
The company in March announced an
$85 million multiphase project that will
improve the manufacturing flexibility of
its 3.7-million-square-foot Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) plant in
Lincoln, Ala. The plant produces four
light truck models: the Honda Odyssey,
Pilot and Ridgeline, for which it has sole
responsibility; and the Acura MDX. The
$2.4 billion facility also builds the V-6
engines powering each of these vehicles.
The project includes improvements to
logistics and supply chain operations at
one of HMA's assembly lines. Construc-

tion of the first phase of the project is
set for completion in 2018. "Customer
demand and product volume requires
us to improve the layout and logistical
efficiency of that facility," Shoupe says.
"This reflects how our product volume
has grown."

High Performance
Two of Honda's recent investments
will support its recent launch of a new
10-speed automatic transmission for
front-wheel-drive vehicles.
The company is dedicating $100 million to the construction of a new assembly line and production modifications
to its Honda Precision Parts of Georgia
(HPPG) LLC plant in Tallapoosa, Ga. An
additional $49 million will be invested in
new equipment and increased produc-

tion capacity at the Honda Transmission
Manufacturing (HTM) of America Inc.
plant in Russells Point, Ohio, which will
provide components for transmissions
built at the Georgia facility.
The new 10-speed automatic transmission has been in the works for several years. "We wanted to have a new
Honda powertrain product that would
provide an efficient, reliable and excellent performance experience," Shoupe
says. "In our heart we are an engine
company, and we believe we should
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