Marysville's Gore: Honda announcement 'great for our community'
Honda will be building the new Acura NSX supercar at a $70-million plant near Marysville. It'll be Honda's third assembly operation in Ohio.
Acura’s NSX supercar will be made in Marysville.
The May 14 announcement by Honda of America places a new $70 million, 184,000-square-foot performance manufacturing center inside Honda’s former North American Logistics facility and beside Honda’s Marysville auto plant.
Marysville Mayor John Gore said the announcement secures Honda’s sparkling reputation in the growing city.
“It’s just great for our community,” he said. “I think one of the major points being that Honda is already a great community partner.”
The facility will be in the neighborhood of Honda’s existing research and development and production engineering operations. About 100 workers from Honda’s existing operations will be used for the new operations.
“It’s good news, and we feel great about it,” Gore said. “We’re excited about the development here. One of the things that excited me the most is, if they take 100 of the present associates and assign them to this project, that means they will now have 100 new jobs. That’s job growth and more opportunity for folks in the area.”
With Tuesday’s announcement — on top of 50 jobs that will be relocated to Marysville from California — Gore said he expects the economy to improve further in the state’s third-fastest-growing county.
“Any time you can add additional jobs, it helps the economy,” he said. “It’s more money. Usually, with those jobs come more because of suppliers. It’s good for Marysville. It’s good for Union County, and it’s good for Ohio.”
Engines for the NSX power train for the supercar will be made in Anna, Ohio, according to a news release from the company.
The Acura NSX was built in Japan from 1990 until 2005. The vehicle will be powered by a V-6 engine similar to Acura’s new Sport Hybrid system.
“The new plant will be as unique as the vehicle we build there,” said Clement D’Souza, associate chief engineer at Honda of America. “In creating the plan for this plant, we looked closely at each process and determined the perfect blend of associate craftsmanship and technology to adopt a new approach to manufacturing."