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Indiana Native Wins Honda Civic Hybrid in “Natural Treasures” Promotion

GREENSBURG, INDIANA – This summer, the Nature Conservancy and Honda teamed up for a sweepstakes that challenged locals to explore natural sites. Targeted at residents in Honda manufacturing states of Alabama, Indiana and Ohio, the “Natural Treasures” partnership program highlights beloved natural areas. The grand prize is a new 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid.

To enter the contest, Hoosiers could visit one or more of nine Indiana natural areas and record their visit by taking a photo of themselves, then upload the photo to the Natural Treasures website.

More than 1,300 enthusiasts submitted photo entries in the sweepstakes, which ran from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30. Many visited all of the specially selected sites and uploaded photo self-portraits from each site.

One of those entries – Julie Norlin of Greencastle – was randomly selected to win the grand prize, a 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid. Norlin and her family chose to spend a day hiking at Big Walnut Nature Preserve in Putnam County.

“Honda is very happy to present the grand prize for this sweepstakes, a very fuel-efficient and enjoyable Honda Civic vehicle, to Julie,” said Bob Nelson, President, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC. “Our hope is that her enthusiasm spurs others to visit these natural areas which enhance our quality of life.”

Today during a ceremony, Norlin was awarded her new Honda Civic Hybrid at Honda’s Indiana manufacturing facility in Greensburg.

“Natural Treasures was a great way to introduce Indiana’s amazing natural areas to new audiences,” said Mary McConnell, state director for The Nature Conservancy’s Indiana Chapter. “The goal of the contest was to get folks outside and enjoy nature, and it succeeded.”

Since 1959, The Nature Conservancy has helped protect more than 80,000 acres of the most vital freshwater and forest habitats in Indiana. The Nature Conservancy and Honda developed the Natural Treasures Challenge as a way to help showcase some of Indiana’s protected hidden gems, and to encourage learning about different natural features of the state.

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The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have been responsible for the protection of more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. In Indiana, the Conservancy has worked for 50 years at over 195 sites to protect more than 80,000 acres. Working from eight offices across the State, the Conservancy works with local communities on issues of vital interest, including the quality and quantity of Indiana’s freshwater. Visit us on the web at nature.org/Indiana.

Under its global environmental campaign of “Blue Skies for Our Children” Honda’s is committed to preserving the environment through eliminating landfill waste and reducing CO2 emissions in both its products and operations. In 2014, for the seventh time, Honda automobile plants in Ohio earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification, signifying that the plant’s rank among the top 25 percent of auto assembly plants in the nation with regard to energy performance. http://corporate.honda.com/







 

Honda Builds 20 Millionth Automobile in the U.S.

Honda’s Indiana plant plays critical role in U.S. production

GREENSBURG, Indiana, March 20, 2014 – Today all four Honda auto plants in America celebrated the cumulative production of 20 million automobiles in the U.S. Honda also marked the achievement at two engine and two transmission plants that build the powertrains used in Honda’s U.S.-built cars and trucks.

The Marysville Auto Plant, in Ohio, was the first auto plant in America producing the Honda Accord on Nov. 1, 1982, and the first Japanese auto plant to begin production of automobiles in the United States. Since then, Honda has established automobile manufacturing operations in East Liberty, Ohio, Lincoln, Ala. and Greensburg, Ind.

Those plants today manufacture 11 different models, including four passenger cars and seven light trucks. A fifth U.S. plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, is under construction in Marysville, Ohio, and next year will become the exclusive global production location for the next generation Acura NSX.

Honda’s U.S. plants produced a record 1,309,917 automobiles in 2013, an increase of 7.4 percent from the previous annual mark set in 2012. Honda is supported by a network of 533 suppliers in the U.S., with purchasing of parts and components last year exceeding $23 billion.

“The commitment and dedication of our team of 2,000+ Indiana associates has helped Honda achieve this production milestone and fulfill our commitment to more than 20 million Honda customers across the U.S.,” said Honda Manufacturing of Indiana President Bob Nelson.

Honda’s four U.S. auto plants are supported by engine manufacturing in Anna, Ohio and Lincoln, Ala., and the production of automatic transmissions in Russells Point, Ohio and Tallapoosa, Ga. These plants have produced 23.77 million automobile engines and 18.64 million transmissions in the United States. In 2013, nearly 95 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.

Over the past three years, Honda has invested approximately $1.6 billion in its U.S. auto plants to expand production, and implement new technologies in products and manufacturing systems.

Honda U.S. Automobile Production
Honda of America Mfg.  
    Marysville Auto Plant 11.4 Million -- since 1982
    East Liberty Auto Plant 4.75 Million -- since 1989
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama 3.1 Million -- since 2001
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana 750,000+ -- since 2008
Honda Cumulative U.S. Auto Production 20 Million


About Honda’s U.S. Auto Plants The Honda of America Mfg. Marysville Auto Plant shattered its previous all-time high by producing 492,409 vehicles last year, up 12 percent from 2012, while the East Liberty Auto Plant produced 242,363 light trucks last year. This resulted in record production of 734,772 Ohio-made vehicles at the two plants in 2013. This includes 69,680 vehicles for export to more than 40 countries.

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama produced 333,556 vehicles along with their six-cylinder engines in 2013, just shy of its all-time high set in 2012, due to a major model change for the all-new 2014 Acura MDX. The Alabama plant produced 20,466 vehicles for export to 49 countries in 2013.

Honda Manufacturing of Indiana produced a record 241,589 automobiles last year, up 21 percent from 2012. The Indiana plant started auto production in 2008 and added a second shift in 2011. It produced 18,559 vehicles for export last year.

Honda has the capacity to produce 1.92 million cars and light trucks in North America at eight auto plants, including in Canada and Mexico. Production recently began of the 2015 Honda Fit at a new auto plant in Celaya, Mexico. With the new Celaya plant, Honda now has the capability to build virtually every product in its lineup in North America, from sub-compact models to light trucks.

About Honda in the United States Honda began automobile production in the U.S. in 1982. It now operates 9 major manufacturing facilities in the United States, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Honda Manufacturing of Indiana Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification for Second Year

Honda Greensburg Plant and plants in Ohio perform in top 25 percent

GREENSBURG, Indiana, Jan. 8, 2014 – For the second year in a row, Honda’s Greensburg automobile plant earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification.

The ENERGY STAR certification is given to facilities that perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and that also meet strict energy efficiency-performance levels set by the EPA. On average, ENERGY STAR certified plants consume 35 percent less energy and produce 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar non-certified operations.

Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN), which just marked its five-year anniversary and is Honda’s newest plant in the United States, earned the recognition for the first time last year. The Indiana plant continued to improve energy efficiency while ramping up to a two-shift operation, and improved energy efficiency by 15 percent from last year. The Greensburg plant, along with the Ohio plants, benefitted this year from a newly-implemented real-time energy monitoring program that allows associates to identify equipment that can be turned off during breaks or between production shifts.

"It’s no accident earning the ENERGY STAR designation," said Bob Nelson, HMIN’s president. "We work diligently to be an efficient company. A big focus is placed on reducing our environmental impact in every phase of our production."

In earning their eighth consecutive ENERGY STAR certifications, Honda of America Mfg.'s auto assembly plants in Marysville and East Liberty, Ohio continued efforts to improve energy efficiency in 2013. The Marysville plant completed a multi-year project to eliminate a central steam plant, transitioning to more efficient localized alternatives. The East Liberty plant began operation of a new on-site parts consolidation center that reduced fuel usage by 483,000 gallons while cutting CO2 emissions by 4.9 metric tons annually.

"We continually strive to reduce the environmental impact of our operations by improving our energy efficiency," said Karen Heyob, Director of Facility Management at Honda North America. "We strive to build a culture that encourages all associates to consider ways to make their job process more energy efficient, particularly focusing on shutting off equipment when it isn’t needed."

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.

For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Industrial Facilities: www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings

Honda Environmental Leadership
Honda is a leader in the development of leading-edge technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO¬2 emissions.

In 2006, Honda became the first automaker to announce voluntary CO2 emissions reduction targets for its global fleet of automobile, power sports and power equipment products and its global network of manufacturing plants. In 2011, the company set a new CO2 emission reduction targets for 2020, including a 30 percent reduction in CO2 emissions from its products compared with 2000 levels.

The company leads all automakers with 12 LEED-Certified "Green Buildings" in North America, and last year announced that 10 of its 14 North American manufacturing facilities are zero-waste to landfill.

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Honda media contacts:
Anita Sipes, Honda Mfg. of Indiana (812) 560-8535, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Eric Mauk, Honda of North America. (937) 935-8092, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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