Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

October 11, 2013

Woman recalls 5 years at Honda


Greensburg Daily News

---- — 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.

Remarkably, after little more than two years of mass production, HMIN earned the Platinum Plant award in the 2011 J. D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS). HMIN was one of only three plants around the world to win the award. The HMIN-built Civic also had the highest initial quality ranking in its segment in the same study.

The plant added a second shift of production in October 2011, doubling its production

capacity to 200,000 vehicles per year. In April 2012, the plant began producing the Acura ILX and ILX Hybrid sedans, the first Honda or Acura hybrid models to be produced in North America. This year, HMIN began production of the Civic Hybrid and increase production by 50,000 units, investing $40 million and adding 300 new jobs. HMIN now has the capacity to produce up to 250,000 vehicles a year.

“Our team in Indiana has accomplished an incredible amount of success in just five short years, and overcome many challenges in doing so,” said HMIN President Bob Nelson. “Without the strong support Honda has had from our local communities, the state and beyond, we couldn’t have done it. We are excited about the future here in Greensburg, not only because our global customers embrace the products we make here, but also because Indiana has become our home.”

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