Honda Donates MARCS Tower to State of Ohio for First Responders

Honda donates system that supports first responders in six Ohio counties by offering high-quality, effective two-way communication

Honda reaffirmed its commitment to public safety and its long-standing partnerships with local Ohio communities with the installation and donation of a Multi-Agency Radio Communication System (MARCS) tower and related equipment on Honda property, thus vastly improving the coverage area for local first responders.   

 "By donating this system to the State of Ohio, we are not only enhancing critical incident response capabilities within our plants, but enhancing coverage to our surrounding counties, where so many of our associates live," said Robert Bibart, Honda of America Mfg.'s security manager.  

MARCS is a wireless, digital communications network for first responders that provides technology to enable state, local, and federal agencies to communicate instantly with one another during public safety events. The Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS) manages the system statewide.

"The addition of this tower from Honda aids DAS' ongoing efforts to further strengthen MARCS and improve the safety of both first responders and the Ohioans they protect every day," said DAS Director Matt Damschroder. "This new tower will help improve coverage not only within Union County but also in Delaware, Marion, Logan, Champaign, and Madison Counties."

 "As the state fire marshal, and on behalf of Ohio's first responder community, I applaud Honda for its efforts to greatly enhance the ability of area responders to communicate as effectively as possible during a time of emergency," said State Fire Marshal Kevin S. Reardon. "The ability of first responders to communicate with partner agencies is critical to the success of any emergency response plan."

Honda Manufacturing in Ohio
Honda's U.S. manufacturing operations were established in 1979 with the start of motorcycle production in Marysville, Ohio, followed in November 1982, by the start of automobile production at the Marysville Auto Plant.

Today, Honda employs more than 15,000 associates in Ohio across five plants with total capital investment of $13.6 billion and the capacity to produce 680,000 Honda and Acura automobiles, 1.18 million automobile engines and 1 million automobile transmissions, two-motor hybrid systems, and Sport Hybrid All-wheel Driveā„¢ systems annually, using domestic and globally sourced parts. 

Honda's five major Ohio manufacturing facilities include three auto plants, the Marysville Auto Plant, East Liberty Auto Plant and Performance Manufacturing Center, as well as the Anna Engine Plant and Russells Point transmission plant. The company has invested over $1 billion in these facilities over the past six years, continually modernizing equipment and adopting new technologies to advance quality and efficiency for Honda and Acura customers here and around the world.

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