A DRIVING FORCE
IN OHIO SINCE 1982

Leading by example from Day One.

​​It’s been more than 30 years since the first U.S.-made Honda Accord rolled off the line at our Marysville manufacturing plant in November 1982. Back then we had only a dream to guide us, yet we always knew we had the potential for greatness.

The reason was simple: Our flagship vehicle, the Honda Accord, was a game changer. Small, light, compact, stylish and economical – it was all the things that every other car on the road wasn’t. It would redefine America’s love affair with the automobile and lay the foundations for all that was to follow.

Over the years the quality of our products and the unstoppable spirit of our highly skilled Ohio associates have allowed us to continually set new standards of engineering excellence.

Today, our operations include eleven state-of-the-art plants in six Ohio communities, employing more than 13,700 people and contributing millions of dollars to the Ohio economy every year.

What began as a handshake between Soichiro Honda and Ohio Governor James Rhodes in 1977 has grown into an Ohio operation of global stature and influence, a creative worldwide leader responsible for the launch of Honda models throughout the world.

That’s some success story, and it’s just the beginning.

  • 1977 - Motorcycle Plant in Marysville, Ohio

    1977

    ​On October 11, we announce plans to construct a $35-million motorcycle plant in Marysville, Ohio. If the motorcycle plant proves successful, we’ll construct an automobile manufacturing plant on that site.

  • 1978 - Construction Under Way

    1978

    ​Construction gets under way of the first production facility by a Japanese auto manufacturer in the U.S.

  • 1979 - Mr. Honda Visited

    1979

    ​Our founder Soichiro Honda visits the Original 64 associates at the newly opened motorcycle plant outside of Marysville.

  • 1979 - Production Begins

    1979

    ​Production begins at our Marysville Motorcycle Plant on September 10. The CR250R motocross model is the first model we make there.

  • 1980 - Plans for Auto Plant in Marysville

    1980

    ​We announce plans to construct a $250-million auto plant next to the Motorcycle Plant in Marysville.

  • 1981 - Construction Underway

    1981

    ​Construction of the one-million square-foot auto plant next to the motorcycle plant in Marysville is well under way.

  • 1982 - Installing Engine Block

    1982

    ​Two associates install an engine block on a 1982 Accord as production begins at the Marysville Auto Plant.

  • 1982 - The First Accord

    1982

    ​On November 1, the first Accord rolls off the assembly line at the Marysville Auto Plant.

  • 1984 - Unveils Plans in Anna, OH

    1984

    ​We unveil plans for a $30-million engine plant in Anna, Ohio. If the manufacture of motorcycle engines proves successful, we’ll manufacture auto engines at the Anna plant.

  • 1985 - Production of the Gold Wing Begins

    1985

    ​Production of the first American-made Honda engine, the GL1200 for the Gold Wing motorcycle line, begins on July 22 at the new Anna Engine Plant.

  • 1986 - The First Civic Sedan

    1986

    ​The first U.S.-made Civic sedan rolls off the assembly line on July 24 at the Marysville Auto Plant, just four years after it all began.

  • 1987 - First 4-Door Accord

    1987

    ​Our first automobile in Ohio, the 4-door Accord, built on November 1, 1982, is put on permanent loan to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, for a display on the history of the automobile in America.

  • 1988 - First Accord Coupe for Export

    1988

    ​In January, Marysville produces the first Accord Coupe for export to Japan.

  • 1988 - 1,000,000th Vehicle

    1988

    ​We produce our one-millionth vehicle, a 1988 Civic Sedan, on April 8.

  • 1988 - Construction at Second Auto Plant

    1988

    ​Associates gather during construction of our second automobile plant, located in East Liberty.

  • 1989 - Soichiro Honda Hall of Fame

    1989

    ​Our founder Soichiro Honda commemorates his induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Midland, Michigan, as its first Japanese member.

  • 1989 - Accord Mass Production

    1989

    ​The all-new 1990 Accord begins mass production on September 14, marking the third time in seven years that our associates have accomplished a full model change without interruption of regular production.

  • 1991 - One Millionth Engine

    1991

    ​Our one-millionth engine, a 2.2-liter Accord 4-cylinder, is produced at the Anna Engine Plant on February 14.

  • 1991 - First Accord Wagon

    1991

    ​As it rolls off the production line for the first time, the Accord Wagon becomes our first automobile to be designed, engineered and manufactured exclusively in the United States.

  • 1991 - East Liberty Auto Plant

    1991

    ​East Liberty Auto Plant associates celebrate the launch of the 1992 Civic in October.

  • 1992 - 10th Anniversary

    1992

    ​We celebrate ten years of automobile production in the United States. With more than 10,000 American associates and production exceeding 450,000 automobiles, we become the third largest manufacturer of automobiles in the United States.

  • 1993 - 3 Millionth Vehicle

    1993

    ​Marysville produces its three-millionth vehicle on January 21, a special Anniversary Accord model to commemorate ten years of U.S. auto production.

  • 1994 - 100,000th Car for Export

    1994

    ​Marysville produces its 100,000th car for export in a single year.

  • 1995 - 10th Anniversary

    1995

    ​The Anna Engine Plant celebrates its 10th anniversary of production.

  • 1995 - One Millionth Civic

    1995

    ​The one-millionth Civic produced in Marysville rolls off the production line at the East Liberty Auto Plant. The export model Civic Coupe is bound for Germany.

  • 1996 - 1 Millionth Vehicle at Marysville

    1996

    ​The one-millionth vehicle built at the Marysville Motorcycle Plant, a 1997 Gold Wing Aspencade, is produced during the eighth annual Honda Homecoming event.

  • 1998 - Celebrate

    1998

    ​Our associates celebrate the launch of the all-new 1998 model Accord.

  • 2001 - 10 Millionth Vehicle

    2001

    ​We produce our ten-millionth vehicle in North America on April 16.

  • 2002 - Accord Sedan

    2002

    ​In its seventh generation, the Accord Sedan drives off the production line on August 16. The plant launches the 2003 Accord during a rolling model change while continuing to produce the previous model.

  • 2002 - Honda Element

    2002

    ​Production of the Honda Element begins at the East Liberty Auto Plant on November 26. Our first light duty truck is built in Ohio.

  • 2003 - 10 Millionth Automobile

    2003

    ​We achieve a significant milestone after more than two decades of U.S. automotive manufacturing. We produce our ten-millionth automobile in the United States on November 25.

  • 2004 - Kazuo Nakagawa

    2004

    ​During a celebration of Marysville’s 25th anniversary on September 10, our first President Kazuo Nakagawa re-enacts the line-off of our first product built here, the 250R Elsinore off-road bike, as the Original 64 associates cheer him on.

  • 2006 - Honda CR-V

    2006

    ​Production of the all-new third-generation Honda CR-V sport utility vehicle begins at the East Liberty Auto Plant on September 25.

  • 2006 - RDX

    2006

    ​Production of the Acura RDX sports luxury SUV begins at the Marysville Auto Plant on July 17. The RDX features a turbo-charged four-cylinder engine built at the Anna Engine Plant, its first turbo engine.

  • 2008 - Acura TL

    2008

    ​Marysville Auto Plant associates launch the all-new 2009 Acura TL.

  • 2009 - Honda Accord Crosstour

    2009

    ​On November 3, associates at the East Liberty Auto Plant begin mass production of the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour, a new type of crossover utility vehicle that combines the refinement of the Accord with the versatile characteristics of a sport utility vehicle.

  • 2010 - 10 Millionth Unit at Marysville

    2010

    ​Associates at the Marysville Auto Plant celebrate producing the plant’s ten-millionth unit on July 20.

  • 2010 - 25 Years of Manufacturing

    2010

    ​On July 21, associates at the Anna Engine Plant welcome government and community leaders to celebrate 25 years of manufacturing at Honda’s largest auto engine plant.

  • 2010 - Honda Transmission

    2010

    ​Local government and community leaders gather on the property of Honda Transmission for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate an expansion and renovation projects. The combined projects total $95 million in investment.

  • 2011 - CR-V

    2011

    ​The all-new, fourth-generation CR-V rolls off the assembly line at the East Liberty Auto Plant on November 29, the first official day of mass production.

  • 2012 - Anna Engine Plant

    2012

    ​State and community leaders gather at the Anna Engine Plant for the announcement of a $98-million investment at the plant. We will manufacture key components of the Continuous Variable Transmission, a critical part of our all-new Earth Dreams Technology.

  • 2012 - Acura RDX

    2012

    ​Community officials and Honda and Acura dealers join us for a celebration as the East Liberty Auto Plant begins mass production of the all-new 2013 Acura RDX.

  • 2012 - The New Accord

    2012

    ​We welcome our latest arrival, the all-new 2013 Accord, with great anticipation as government officials and local community members join us to celebrate the start of mass production.

  • 2012 - One Millionth Auto for Export

    2012

    ​Twenty-five years ago, the first Honda Accord for export rolled off the assembly line at the Marysville Auto Plant. That same model marks the one-millionth automobile for export from the U.S. Since 1987, we’ve exported more than $22 billion worth of automobiles and components from the U.S.

  • 2013 - Acura NSX Supercar

    2013

    ​We celebrate the location announcement for production of the all-new Acura NSX supercar. The vehicle will be produced at a new $70-million advanced Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, located in the midst of our existing R&D and production engineering operations.

  • 2013 - Continuously Variable Transmissions

    2013

    ​At our engine plant in Anna, we celebrate the mass production startup of high precision pulley components for the new generation of Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT). They’re part of our Earth Dreams Technology powertrain series.

  • 2013 - 2014 Accord, The First Hybrid Built In Ohio

    2013

    ​A brilliant, silver 2014 Accord Hybrid was unveiled during a line off ceremony on Tuesday, September 10 at the Marysville Auto Plant. This is the first Hybrid model built in Ohio.

  • 2013 - The East Liberty Auto Plant reached a milestone with the production of its one millionth CR-V sport utility vehicle in December

    2013

    ​The East Liberty Auto Plant reached a milestone with the production of its one millionth CR-V sport utility vehicle in December.

  • 2014 - 10 Million Accords

    2014

    ​On March 20, all four Honda auto plants in America celebrated the cumulative production of 20 million automobiles in the U.S. On the same day, the 10 millionth U.S.-built Honda Accord rolled off the assembly line at Honda’s first U.S. auto plant in Marysville, Ohio.

  • 2014 -

    2014

    ​On July 14, the Marysville Auto Plant celebrated the start of mass production of the brand new 2015 Acura TLX. The TLX’s two powerful and efficient direct-injected engines, are both produced locally at the the state-of-the-art Anna Engine Plant.

2014 FACT BOOK

​​We’re building on our past to make our future even more exciting and innovative. This 2014 Fact Book provides detailed information on what we’re doing to create advanced products unlike any the world has ever seen.


WING

​The most important aspect of manufacturing quality, top of the line vehicles, is the people. At Honda of America Manufacturing, we have some of the most talented and highly trained associates in the world building the great Honda and Acura products you see on the road. WING is dedicated to telling their stories. This bi-monthly magazine will give you a closer look at what we do here at Honda, and allow you to meet the men and women that make it all possible.

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