Honda invests $ 46 million in the expansion of its Power Equipment plant in North Carolina
8 August 2019
Associates at Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc. (HPE) today marked 35 years of producing power equipment products in America by announcing a $46.4 million investment to expand the Swepsonville, N.C. plant's manufacturing capabilities. HPE also announced plans to begin production in September of an all-new Honda HRN lawn mower.
The new investment strengthens HPE's productive technologies at the North Carolina plant and includes a production line for Honda's new GCV multifunctional engine and an extension of 135,000 square feet for the storage of parts in the plant. The facilities already have the capacity to produce two million multifunctional motors per year, including the GCV, specifically designed for applications in premium residential electrical equipment.
"For more than 35 years, Honda associates in North Carolina have manufactured high-quality electrical equipment that enriches human life," said Shane McCoy, senior vice president of HPE. "The decision to invest in the Honda plant in Swepsonville is part of Honda's traditional approach: create products close to the customer and endorse its strong commitment to North Carolina ."
In addition to the investment and expansion announced today, HPE invested $ 10.5 million in an expansion of 116,000 square feet in facilities, announced in February 2018, which today supports the assembly and storage of parts. Once the renovation is complete, the area will house the new engine line. Honda has invested $ 350 million in total at the North Carolina plant .
HPE is one of Honda's most productive plants in the world, as its annual capacity manufactures more than two million Honda multifunctional engines and 500,000 finished products, such as electric mowers, snow removal machines, brushcutters, mini tillers and generators , all with the Honda seal.
HPE began manufacturing electric clippers in 1984, being the third Honda plant in the United States, with cumulative production that today exceeds 38 million products for Honda customers inside and outside the country.
Many Honda Power Equipment products, including the new HRN pruner, are designed by the Honda R&D Americas, Inc. Power Equipment Division in its center in North Carolina , adjacent to the Haw River Honda Power Equipment Manufacturing plant in the same state.
In order to commemorate this thirty-fifth anniversary, HPE made contributions to local community organizations that make clear their tireless commitment to Alamance County . HPE donated $ 2,500 to the Alamance-Burlington School System and Honda EG2800i OFI generators to the fire departments of Swepsonville, Mebane and Haw River, in addition to the United States Red Cross section in Piedmont Triad.
About Honda Power Equipment
Honda markets a full range of outdoor electrical equipment that includes outboard motors for marine use, multifunctional motors, clippers, pumps, snow machines, rudder rods and brushcutters for commercial, residential and rental use. More information at: https://powerequipment.honda.com.
Honda's industrial presence in the United States
Honda has one of the oldest and most diverse manufacturing trajectories than any international company with operations in the United States. Honda has been producing cars in the country for more than 35 years, where it currently operates 12 large plants that employ more than 20,000 associates in the production of Honda and Acura cars, Honda electrical equipment, Honda Powersports line products, HondaJet avant-garde light aircraft and GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines.
In 2018, Honda produced more than 1.2 million cars in the United States and 65% of all Honda and Acura cars sold in the country were manufactured locally with local and international production parts.
In total, Honda has invested more than $ 20,000 million in its sales, manufacturing and research and development operations in the United States, a figure that includes more than $ 5.9 billion in new money investment over the past five years.