Ohio Native Appointed President of Honda’s ATV Plant in South Carolina

Brian Newman Brings 32 Years of Honda Experience to Role

​Brian Newman has been appointed as president at Honda of South Carolina Mfg., Inc., in Timmonsville, S.C., where Honda produces all-terrain vehicles. In his new role, which becomes effective April 1, 2012, Newman will be responsible for total HSC operations, including manufacturing and support functions and new model activities.

Joining HSC in 2001, Newman has been with Honda for 32 years, including 21 years with Honda of America Mfg., Inc., in Ohio, where he gained wide experience in motorcycle, automobile, engine and transmission production operations.

Newman is currently senior vice president of the South Carolina facility, where he is responsible for overall plant operations. Newman succeeds Katsumi Fujimoto who will take on the role of senior vice president at Honda R&D Americas, Inc., as general manager for North America Motorcycle Development & Production.

“I look forward to leading our team to produce the highest-quality products, yet at reasonable prices for our customers in the U.S. and worldwide,” said Newman. “This team is an inspiration to me as they improve our plant characteristics every day. We are constantly challenging ourselves to produce the best ATVs on earth.”

A native of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Newman began his career with Honda in 1980 as a production associate at the Marysville Motorcycle Plant in Marysville, Ohio, Honda’s first U.S. plant. Over the next 16 years, Newman’s assignments included the Marysville Automobile Plant, Anna Engine Plant and Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc., where, in 1994, he was promoted to vice president of overall plant operations.

About Honda
Honda of South Carolina Mfg. employs more than 800 associates. The plant began production of the four-wheeled Honda FourTrax ATV model line in 1998. In fall 2000, operations were expanded to add engine assembly to the plant.

Honda currently employs more than 25,000 associates in the United States, including sales, manufacturing and R&D operations with a capital investment of more than $11 billion.

Honda operates 14 manufacturing facilities in North America that produce a wide range of automobiles, light trucks, engines and automatic transmissions, as well as all-terrain vehicles and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers, and general-purpose engines. Honda also operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products produced in North America.

Honda media contacts:
Jeffrey Helton, Honda South Carolina Mfg.: (843) 346-8004, jeff_helton@hsc.honda.com
Ron Lietzke at Honda of America Mfg.: 937-644-6627, ron_lietzke@ham.honda.com

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