Honda Kicks Off Expansion Project at Ohio Plant

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

RUSSELLS POINT, Ohio (AP) -- Honda leaders have kicked off a $70 million expansion at a transmissions plant in western Ohio and announced that the automaker will add 60 full-time jobs for a second shift early next year.

Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America Inc. said Friday that the new second shift at the plant in Russells Point will produce transmissions for the 2012 Civic to go on sale this spring.

The 200,000-square-foot expansion project is expected to create more than 100 full-time jobs. The project is designed to prepare the plant for a the new production line to begin in 2012.

It will add a third assembly line and relocate the plant's two existing lines and will allow the plant to manufacture more than 1 million automatic transmissions a year, up from the current 800,000.

The plant currently employs 1,050.

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