New Honda building means more jobs in Marysville
A $35 million new building on Honda's Marysville campus is just part of a $215 million expansion project in Ohio, the company announced Aug. 7.
The 160,000-square-foot Marysville building will be used for training and offices and will include a public "heritage center" that will showcase the company's history and work in the state.
This will coincide with the addition of about 60 jobs at the Marysville campus related to the reorganization of Honda's management in North America.
The company announced the management changes in February but did not list the number of new jobs at that time.
Many of the new employees will work in this new building.
Most of the new investment will be in Anna in western Ohio, where Honda will spend $180 million to expand an engine plant to include space for new engine and transmission technologies and for employee training.
Speaking at an auto-industry event in Traverse City, Mich., Rick Schostek, senior vice president of Honda North America, said the Marysville heritage center will be the first public display of its type for Honda in Ohio and will represent "an important link between our past achievements and our increasing responsibilities in the future."
Honda has about 13,700 employees in Ohio, which makes it the state's largest auto manufacturer.
The company has spent $2.7 billion to build or expand its plants in North America in the past three years. Ohio has received $1 billion of that investment.
About 25 percent of Union County's jobs are with companies based in Japan, according to Eric Phillips, executive director of the Union County Economic Development Partnership.
That doesn't include jobs at U.S.-based parts suppliers that serve Honda, a number that is also substantial.
"The impact of Honda from an economic standpoint is huge and continues to be huge," Phillips said.
He is excited about the heritage center.
"It's going to be an attraction that's going to drive more tourism dollars, not only for Union County but for the Columbus region as a whole," he said.
Schostek said Honda officials believe the company's success "will be defined by the successful interaction between our associates and technology."
"Even as we introduce more-sophisticated technologies in our products and in our plants, we are working to ensure that our associates are equipped with the skills required for the manufacturing requirements of the future," he said.