On that day, something remarkable began. A new facility for achieving was launched that now creates thousands of vehicles every month. Our economic impact has been massive while our environmental impact has been minimized. We’ve strived to be a value to our community, and create value for our customers. Our success is thanks to our exceptional team, and we’re proud to be a part of an exceptional global corporation. And we can think of no better place to build on the track record our company has established than right here in Indiana.
To achieve that goal required thinking that went well beyond the plant’s physical structure. For instance, the lakes that surround the facility act as natural aquatic filters, protecting the nearby farmland from sediments associated with runoff. And we have rehabilitated a vital floodplain with new creek-side forest growth that will enhance biodiversity.
That level of concern we have for the natural environment is equaled by our concern for the work environment. The vehicles we build in Greensburg are the result of an all-encompassing philosophy of quality. Measured in more ways than just fit and finish, quality is central to our operation. It can be found in our use of electric motors instead of hydraulics to reduce noise and odor. Our paint spraying systems were designed to produce less airborne loss. Both of these innovations reflect a systematic approach we have taken to improve the quality of our working environment.
At Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, we are honored to produce the Civic Sedan, the car that helped establish the Honda reputation for quality and efficiency, and the Honda CR-V, the first SUV built at the plant since we began production. But we are equally committed to our roles as corporate citizens, environmental stewards and dependable in Greensburg and across our state.
In 1979, Honda became the first Japanese automaker to begin producing in America with the introduction of its CR 250 Elsinore motorcycle. It was just the beginning of bigger things to come. The 1982 opening of a new plant in Marysville, Ohio, signaled Honda’s commitment to North American auto production.
As the first Japanese automaker to build motor vehicles in the U.S., Honda is proud to invest in America, its economy and its people. Honda’s contributions to the processes of manufacturing and design have helped to improve the U.S. automotive industry, as well as others.
The Center for Automotive Research recently conducted a study on the economic contributions of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and all of its U.S. affiliate companies and associated retail operations for the calendar year 2007. The results show the tremendous positive impact that Honda has made over the past 50 years. Highlights of the study include:
More than 215,000 private sector jobs are generated by Honda’s dealerships and Honda product-related retail employment in the United States. Their estimated associated wages and salaries are approximately $8 billion.
While our positive economic impact has been substantial, we’ve worked hard to minimize any environmental effects. There’s no better example of that than our newest plant in Greensburg, Indiana. As with other Honda facilities, Greensburg incorporates our zero waste-to-landfill philosophy. We produce thousands of Civics every month in Indiana without ever contributing to a landfill. Further consideration for the facility’s interaction within its immediate surroundings has resulted in a plant that stretches across 1,600 acres, yet has the smallest environmental footprint of all North American auto plants.
The future of Honda in North America remains one of expansion and innovation. Milestones such as the Honda Aircraft Company, Marine Engine Research Facility and the production of the most affordable hybrid car in America, highlight Honda’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology in North America.
For more information about Honda North America visit corporate.honda.com.
A modest family business in bicycle repair launched Honda founder Soichiro Honda’s passion with the mechanics and engineering of automobiles and motorcycles. Since then, Honda has grown to become the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer and one of the leading automakers. With a global network of subsidiaries and affiliates, Honda develops, manufactures and markets a wide variety of products ranging from small general-purpose engines, scooters and even jet aircraft.
And even though Honda continues to redefine innovation, one thing remains the same—our founding principle. Respect for the Individual reflects our desire to honor the unique character and ability of each individual person, trusting each other as equal partners in order to do our best in every situation. Our belief and desire that each person working in, or coming into contact with our company, directly or through our products, should share a sense of joy through that experience is reflected in another set of long-held principles we call The Three Joys—The Joy of Buying, The Joy of Selling and The Joy of Creating.
Since its establishment in 1948, Honda has remained on the leading edge by creating new value and providing products of the highest quality at a reasonable price for worldwide customer satisfaction. In addition, the company has conducted its activities with a commitment to protecting the environment and enhancing safety in a mobile society.
For more information about Honda Global visit world.honda.com.