As the vagaries of international finance are once again turning the U.S. into an increasingly strong manufacturing solution for foreign automakers, one of the pioneers is expanding its presence here once again: Honda has now announced that the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid will be built at its complex in Marysville, Ohio, before heading to dealerships this fall. Of course, the news really shouldn’t be much of a surprise, since the facility has been building Accords for more than three decades now.
As explicated by Jeff Tomko, the Marysville plant manager: "With more than 30 years of continuously building eight generations of the Honda Accord close to our customers, our team now is using its experience and flexibility to add this sophisticated Accord Hybrid model. At the same time, we are continuing with our commitment to manufacture new models in Ohio, along with the resulting growth in jobs."
Speaking of which, the automaker is expected to add about 50 new team members to its workforce to support the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, backed by an investment of $23 million. All told, the automaker has invested $800 million in Ohio over the past three years to expand its American manufacturing presence, and the company now runs four manufacturing plants in the state, employing more than 13,500 associates and boasting enough capacity to produce 700,000 vehicles—and 1 million engines—each year.