Honda Manufacturing of Alabama has broken ground on its new $US425 million assembly line marking the beginning of construction on the second assembly line, which will increase employment to approximately 4,300 associates, double production capacity to 300,000 engines and vehicles per year and increase Honda’s investment in Alabama to more than $1 billion.

The expansion will increase total employment by 2,000 associates and will add more than 1.1 million square feet to the existing 1.7 million-square-foot facility.

HMA currently employs more than 2,300 associates, producing about 150,000 Odyssey minivans and V6 engines each year. HMA reached this capacity rate — 650 Odyssey daily — in September 2002.

A decision regarding what model will be produced on the second line will be made closer to start of mass production. As with HMA’s existing operations, the new line will incorporate Honda’s New Manufacturing System, which allows for production flexibility based on customer demand.

The new assembly line will be constructed adjacent to the existing facility on HMA’s 1,350-acre site near Lincoln. It will mirror the current facility’s operations with synchronous body and engine assembly under one roof. Operations for stamping, plastic injection molding, die-casting and machining of engines and engine assembly will be increased at the existing facility to supply both assembly lines.

When completed in 2004, Honda’s capital investment in North America will total more than $7 billion. North American employment will rise to more than 28,000 associates.

The expansion will increase total employment by 2,000 associates and will add more than 1.1 million square feet to the existing 1.7 million-square-foot facility.

HMA currently employs more than 2,300 associates, producing about 150,000 Odyssey minivans and V6 engines each year. HMA reached this capacity rate — 650 Odyssey daily — in September 2002.

A decision regarding what model will be produced on the second line will be made closer to start of mass production. As with HMA’s existing operations, the new line will incorporate Honda’s New Manufacturing System, which allows for production flexibility based on customer demand.

The new assembly line will be constructed adjacent to the existing facility on HMA’s 1,350-acre site near Lincoln. It will mirror the current facility’s operations with synchronous body and engine assembly under one roof. Operations for stamping, plastic injection molding, die-casting and machining of engines and engine assembly will be increased at the existing facility to supply both assembly lines.

When completed in 2004, Honda’s capital investment in North America will total more than $7 billion. North American employment will rise to more than 28,000 associates.