Honda's Marysville auto plant and East Liberty plant are expected to return to full production levels by August, following production cut backs caused by this spring's earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Honda's Marysville auto plant and East Liberty plant are expected to return to full production levels by August, following production cut backs caused by this spring's earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The company on May 26 announced plans for accelerated recovery in auto production in North America, including local manufacturing sites.

"As the supply of parts from Japan improves, production will ramp up in August on a step-by-step, plant-by-plant and model-by-model basis, with production returning to 100 percent of the original plan for models including the four-cylinder Accord, CR-V and Acura RDX, as well as all V-6 models, including the Accord, Accord Crosstour, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline and the Acura TL, MDX and ZDX," the company stated in a May 26 release.

Earlier this month, Honda announced that two productions days a week would be cut through the summer months, beginning May 9.

Honda spokesman Ron Lietzke said Mondays and Fridays would remain nonproduction days through July 1, followed by the scheduled holiday shutdown through July 8. During that period, production levels at Honda plants in Ohio and the rest of North America are at about 50 percent of the original production plan, according to Lietzke, as the supply of parts from Japan recovers.

John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co. Inc., said the company has been working to reach both short- and long-term goals.

"The light at the end of the tunnel is glowing brighter for us, represented by this significant improvement in our production situation," Mendel said. "Throughout this crisis, Honda has been fighting to achieve a speedy recovery while maintaining a focus on our longer-term plans for continued growth in sales and production in order to meet the growing needs of our customers."

Mendel said the company is proud of the fact that, despite the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, no layoffs occurred at any of Honda's 14 production plants in North America.

"I am quite proud of the efforts of our manufacturing team and the steps they have taken to keep our team of associates together during this difficult period while maintaining their normal, outstanding focus on quality for the customer," Mendel said. "We still have challenges to overcome, but once we have normalized operations, we will owe them a great debt of thanks."

The Marysville auto plant (Accord, Accord Coupe, Acura TL and Acura RDX) employs about 5,300 associates and has an annual capacity of about 440,000 vehicles. The East Liberty auto plant (CR-V and Accord Crosstour) employs about 2,500 associates and has an annual capacity of about 240,000 vehicles.