Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) has been busy these past two weeks, officially opening its new logistics buildings, an $85 million project, and announcing a new $54.8 million expansion to its Line 2 operations.
The new logistics buildings add nearly 400,000 square feet to Honda’s existing 4.2 million-square-foot factory in Lincoln, where more than 4,500 workers build the Odyssey minivan, Pilot SUV, Ridgeline pickup and the V-6 engines that power all three models around the world. With the new space, the auto manufacturer hopes to streamline their logistics operations, which will improve all facets of their production lines – delivery, quality and organization.
The new facilities are part of a multi-phased project dedicated to the enhancement and revitalization of Honda operations in Alabama. Honda’s success in the state started in 2001 with a $400 million investment and has grown to more than $2.6 million today. Part of that growth may be due to the state’s strategic plan known as Accelerate Alabama, which focuses on supporting the growth of existing companies in the state.
HMA shows no signs of slowing down, announcing more growth is on its way. The additional $54.8 million investment announced this week will improve weld operations for Line 2 at its Lincoln facility and add more than 50,000 square feet.
“Honda is a cornerstone of Alabama’s vibrant automotive industry,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.
The company continues to show confidence in its local workforce, with new investments that fuel innovative technologies sought by customers around the world.”
Honda’s $2.6 billion plant in Lincoln has the capacity to produce more than 340,000 vehicles and engines each year. The expansion is expected to be completed in early 2021.