Honda Expands Ohio Manufacturing with a Near $100 Million Investment

Honda has really grown in the past few years, and the company isn't done yet. The auto manufacturer has set plans to enlarge its plants in Russells Point and Anna, Ohio to build its next-generation transmissions. The Anna plant will add an 84-thousand-square foot area that will make components for the new CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), and the Russells Point plant will now make a continuously variable transmission that will up fuel economy and lower emissions. The Anna plant predominantly makes engines currently.

The new transmission components are a part of Honda's new "Earth Dreams Technology," and, although CVT transmissions are being used by a few automakers, they are still relatively new in the auto industry overall. Unlike a standard transmission, a CVT transmission doesn't have gears and, instead, uses a system of pulleys to change speeds. The new CVT system promises to produce a responsive and smooth ride without the "rubber band-feel" of some CVTs.

The new Honda CVT technology will first appear in the 2013 model Honda Accord, which will debut in fall 2012. The new technology will bring 140 new jobs will to Ohio-with 120 going to the Russells Point plant and 20 going to the Anna plant. Hidenobu Iwata, U.S. Manufacturing Executive for Honda, explains the decision to expand in Ohio, stating, "For decades, our two Ohio powertrain plants have worked together to deliver advanced products for our customers. The production of this new CVT technology puts the Buckeye State right in the middle of Honda's global strategy."1

At Barber Honda, located at 4500 Wible Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93313,we're excited to see the continuous Honda expansions, and we can't wait to see how the new technologies stack up with the already-amazing lineup. As always, readers, stay tuned with Barber to receive more Honda updates!

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