GREENSBURG – Daphna Tubbs of Greensburg fondly recalls the day when Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN) began mass production five years ago.
She worked on the assembly line on Oct. 9, 2008, when HMIN began producing the fuel-efficient, 4-cylinder Honda Civic Sedan with 1,000 associates working on one shift. One month later, she drove “VIN One” – the first HMIN Civic – down the line in a special Plant Dedication involving all associates as well as state and local leaders.
“When I first came to Honda, this was a brand new ballgame for me,” Tubbs said. “I had never worked in automotive or in a factory. I stepped in and it was just a welcoming experience. People were out to help you. They provided knowledge and input. They let you know that you are important. They wanted you to succeed. This is a great company to work for with tremendous opportunities. Honda really cares about their associates.”
Today, HMIN has two shifts of a 2,000-strong Hoosier workforce producing not only the Civic Sedan, but also the Honda Civic Natural Gas, the Acura ILX, Acura ILX Hybrid and the Civic Hybrid. With this product lineup, HMIN boasts the most diverse alternative-fuel production capability of any plant in North America.
Honda announced plans to build the Greensburg plant in June 2006, and broke ground for it in March 2007. HMIN is a comprehensive production facility that includes metal stamping, plastic injection molding, subassembly and final assembly and other processes.
HMIN’s brief manufacturing history has been filled with milestones and accomplishments reaching not only across North America but also around the globe with its export production.
HMIN is Honda’s fourth U.S. auto plant, and its seventh in North America. Production of the natural-gas powered Civic was added in May 2009, and production of Civics for export markets began in September 2009. It celebrated production of its 100,000th Civic in February 2010.