Blog: Graeme RobertsHonda's Ohio Heritage Center

Graeme Roberts | 23 December 2014

New Honda Heritage Center marks decades of sales and vehicle build in the US, dating from motorcycle imports into Los Angeles in the late 1950s. Motorcycle production started in Marysville, Ohio, in 1979 and Accord (photo) production, in an additional factory, in 1982

New Honda Heritage Center marks decades of sales and vehicle build in the US, dating from motorcycle imports into Los Angeles in the late 1950s. Motorcycle production started in Marysville, Ohio, in 1979 and Accord (photo) production, in an additional factory, in 1982

There are various museums back home in Japan but I was not aware of any Japanese automaker setting up a major facility abroad until I received this news about Honda's new US Heritage Center in Marysville, Ohio.

If anyone was going to do this, it should have been Honda. The automaker, renowned for its innovative engineering, led the 'transplants' into the United States (and, in 1986, Canada) with its 1977 announcement of a Marysville motorcycle plant (production started in 1979) and, five years later, the first (generation two) Accord rolled off the line in a brand new car assembly plant built next door.

The rest, as they say, is history.

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