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Daniels Tours Honda Plant Preparing To Boost Production

Governor Mitch Daniels stopped at a plant he says has become a gem of the entire Indiana economy.

Governor Mitch Daniels toured the Greensburg Honda plant on the heels of their announcement to boost production capacity. He says the economic impact from the plant has been felt throughout the state.

“Yesterday in Anderson, 325 new jobs in a company that’s almost completely related to Honda, so the second and third order effects are probably as large as what you see right here,” Daniels says.

Honda Indiana officials announced plans last week to expand production capacity by 25% to a total of 250,000 vehicles a year. Honda Senior Vice-president Bob Nelson says the expansion will add 300 jobs.

“We had the economic downturn, then we had the tsunami and part shortages last year, so it’s been pretty active since that time so to get the second shift, took a little longer than what we would have expected,” he says.

Nelson says they’ll be looking for people to work at all departments throughout the plant with pay starting at more than $15.00 an hour.

Early next year, the Greensburg plant will add production of the Civic Hybrid, Honda’s most popular hybrid model in the country.

Joe Hren

Anchor, Indiana Newsdesk - WTIU & WFIU News. Follow him on Twitter @Joe_Hren

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