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Honda Manufacturing of Indiana Reaches 1 Millionth Production Milestone

GREENSBURG, Indiana (April 8, 2015) – Associates at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN) today celebrated a production milestone of the 1 millionth car built at the plant.

The completion of HMIN’s 1 millionth vehicle comes only six years after the start of mass production at the $800 million facility on October 9, 2008.

In addition to making the Civic, HMIN started manufacturing Acura ILX vehicles in 2012 before transferring the production to the Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio earlier this year. In total, 65,172 Acura ILX cars were built at HMIN during a three year period -- helping us reach this production milestone.

"We have come a long way from where Honda Manufacturing of Indiana started in 2008 to where we are today," said Bob Nelson, HMIN president. "Our associates have shown tremendous commitment and dedication to get us to this major milestone and we will continue to work to provide our customers with products of the highest quality. These values and beliefs are at the heart of what makes Honda great."

Last week, at the New York International Auto Show, Honda announced the North American version of the 2016 Civic Sedan will be produced at the Indiana plant. Honda is preparing to launch its completely reimagined 10th-Generation Civic models beginning this fall.

HMIN became Honda’s fourth auto plant in the U.S. and its seventh in North America when it began production of Civic sedans in October 2008. With employment over 2,000 and capital investment exceeding $800 million, HMIN primarily manufactures automobiles for the United States, with some Civics produced for export to markets outside of North America. HMIN maintains one of the lowest environmental footprints of any automobile plant in Honda’s global production network. #Yearof Honda

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Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 30 years and currently operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America.

Eight Honda auto plants in the North American region, including four in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. In 2014, nearly 98 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America. Those plants today manufacture 11 different models, including four passenger cars and seven light trucks using domestic and globally sourced parts. A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, is under construction in Marysville, Ohio, and in 2015 will become the exclusive global production location for the next generation NSX supercar.

Honda also operates 16 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.

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

GREENSBURG, Indiana, Jan. 7, 2015 – Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN) has joined a pair of Ohio Honda facilities in earning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification for 2014, marking the third consecutive year that the Greensburg plant has been honored for its energy and environmental performance.

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

"Every Honda facility makes special efforts every day to improve the energy efficiency of our manufacturing operations, as we continually strive to reduce the environmental impact of our operations," said Karen Heyob, who leads Honda's environmental sustainability initiatives in North America. "This culture is only achieved by involving every associate in the process, not just delegating the task to certain specialists. When everyone on the job is considering energy efficiency and how they can help the environment, progress is more quickly achieved.”

HMIN, which at six years of operation is Honda’s newest plant in the United States, has been ENERGY STAR certified for each of the last three years. The plant, located in Greensburg, has been focusing on tracking non-core energy use through a real-time energy monitoring program that allows associates to identify equipment that can be turned off during breaks or between production shifts. All departments at the plant now use a website that shows them how they are performing against their energy targets.

Despite earning eight consecutive ENERGY STAR certifications, Honda of America Mfg.'s auto assembly plants in Marysville and East Liberty, Ohio both continued to find new and innovative ways to conserve energy in 2014. The Marysville plant used LED lighting when constructing a new 138,000-square foot consolidation center and began installing the infrastructure of a groundbreaking new process to use hydrogen fuel cells on its tow motors and fork lifts. The East Liberty plant also installed new LED lighting and also began replacing its 1350-ton chillers with high-efficiency units.

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.
 

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/







 

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