A spokesman for Honda of America Mfg. Inc. said the company's plans to increase production at its Greensburg, Ind., automotive plant is also good news for its Ohio associates.

A spokesman for Honda of America Mfg. Inc. said the company’s plans to increase production at its Greensburg, Ind., automotive plant is also good news for its Ohio associates.

Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN), which produces the Civic Sedan and alternative-fuel Civic Natural Gas, has begun a second shift, which increases production at the plant to its full 200,000-unit annual capacity and will add approximately 1,000 new associates to Honda’s operations in Indiana.

“The start of second-shift production at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana has a significant impact on Honda's operations in Ohio and auto parts suppliers in Ohio,” Honda spokesman Ron Lietzke said. “HMIN has 225 parts suppliers, with 74 of them located in Ohio. Each of these suppliers evaluated the additional production, and as a result, added production shifts and/or staffing as needed to provide parts and components for the second shift at HMIN.”

Engines for the Civics produced at HMIN come from Honda's large engine plant in Anna, Ohio, in Shelby County. The automatic transmissions are produced at Honda's transmission plant in Russells Point, Ohio, in Logan County.

According to a press release from the company, Honda Transmission Mfg. of America Inc. added 60 jobs earlier this year to start a second shift for the Civic transmission production. Starting second-shift production at HMIN has resulted in allocating additional manpower at the engine and transmission plants for the additional Civic production.

The addition of a second-shift at HMIN follows the return to normal production levels at all seven Honda automobile plants in North America, following the disruption of parts supplies as a result of the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Hiring new associates began in June, the press release said. Specific training has taken place over the past several months in virtually every major production process, including stamping, welding, painting, plastic injection molding, subassembly and final assembly operations.

According to the company, the production expansion at HMIN also has resulted in additional business growth and employment opportunities for numerous suppliers to the plant. Parts for Indiana-built Civics are supplied from 225 companies in the U.S. and Canada, including 20 suppliers in Indiana, 28 in Michigan, 18 in Kentucky, 13 in Texas, 10 in Tennessee and 74 in Ohio.

Honda has the capacity to build 1.63 million automobiles at its seven auto plants in North America, which combined have nine assembly lines. In 2010, more than 87 percent of the Honda and Acura products sold in the U.S. were built in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Honda opened its first auto plant in the U.S. in 1982, in Marysville, meaning the company will mark its 30th anniversary of U.S. auto production next year.