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Honda to invest $50m in Ohio plant

ABR Staff Writer Published 22 September 2011

Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America will invest another $50m in its plant in Russells Point, Ohio, US, to increase capacity for the casting of aluminum transmission cases.

The investment brings the company's total new capital investment in its Ohio operations to more than $400m, and more than $8bn since the company started manufacturing in the region in 1979.

The 75,000 sq ft expansion at the Russells Point plant will house high-pressure-die-casting operations to support the addition of a third transmission assembly line that started construction last December.

In October 2010, the company had announced plans to expand the Russells Point facility by 200,000 sq ft, in a move that would create more than 100 new jobs by 2013.

The expansion will house advanced aluminum casting machines to support production of the company's latest transmissions, and introduces an efficient melting furnace to the plant's operations.

The company currently receives about 100,000 pounds of molten aluminum per day from two mills in Indiana.

Honda Transmission President Yuji Takahashi said this latest investment in Ohio is another example of how the company intend to meet the needs of its global customers by implementing advanced technologies in its production operations and in its products.

"It also demonstrates our commitment to Honda's Ohio production operations to reduce the environmental impact of our facilities while positioning this facility to compete at the highest levels on a global basis," Takahashi said.