Honda Mfg. of Indiana, Greensburg, Ind., which produces the Civic Sedan and alternative-fuel Civic Natural Gas, on Oct. 24 began a second production shift for the first time, and which increases production at the plant to its full 200,000-unit annual capacity and adds approximately 1,000 new associates to Honda’s operations in Indiana.
The addition of a second shift at the plant follows the return to normal production levels at all seven of the Honda automobile plants in North America, following the disruption of parts supplies as a result of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Hiring of new associates began in June, with specific training taking place over the past several months in virtually every major production process, including stamping, welding, painting, plastic injection molding, sub-assembly and final assembly operations.
The production expansion at HMIN also has resulted in additional business growth and employment opportunities for numerous suppliers to the plant. Parts for Indiana-built Civics are supplied from U.S. and Canadian 225 companies, including 20 suppliers in Indiana, 28 in Michigan, 18 in Kentucky, 13 in Texas, 10 in Tennessee and 74 in neighboring Ohio.
Honda has the capacity to build 1.63 million automobiles at its seven auto plants in North America.