Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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June 28, 2006

HONDA has a new Home!

Decatur County wins bid for 2,000 jobs...

Honda unveiled new banners Tuesday and, to the extreme pleasure of area residents, they have Greensburg’s famous courthouse tree emblazoned on them.

Honda made its official announcement, selecting Decatur County as its new home, exclusively to the Greensburg Daily News.

The plant will be more than 1 million square feet, cost $550 million to construct and employ 2,000 people. These numbers, straight from Honda, are larger than any bandied about to this point.

In addition, Honda’s upcoming presence will speed up making the I-74 and U.S. 421 interchange go in both directions as the plant will sit on a 1,700-acre tract on 421 between Vandalia Road and the Interstate.

“I grew up in Coldwater, Ohio, a small town not far from the Indiana border. Honestly, when I first came to Decatur County to survey our new plant site and get a feel for the community, I thought that if I closed my eyes and opened them again I might be back home,” Larry Jutte, senior vice president of parts and procurement for Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., is expected to say this morning in a speech made available to the Daily News. “Of course, that was before I saw the tree growing out of the top of the county courthouse. Then, I knew I was in a unique place.”

Jutte and other Honda executives will be at the Greensburg Community Learning Center at 10:30 a.m. to tell the world of their choice. A group of nearly 40 Honda employees and what can only be described as a stage crew swept into the city and took over the Center in preparation for the meeting. They worked through the night to set up for the press conference.

Jutte is also expected to discuss a bit about Honda’s search for a new home but won’t discuss specifics.

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