Honda Starts Hiring Workers for Its Indiana Plant

By: Lauren Woods

Honda is expanding its production base. This is evident in the construction of a new assembly plant for the company in Greensburg, Indiana. The new plant will cost as much as $550 million and will provide employment for the residents of the said area. In connection with the construction of a new plant, Honda will also start hiring a limited number of people for the non-production department. The Asian car maker announced that they will be running employment ads on newspapers that are published in the Indiana area.

Honda will be looking for employees from different fields. Non-production positions are available for automotive engineering, purchasing, information technology, and administration fields. While non-production positions will be filled in as soon as this week, production positions will be filled sometime later this year. Aside from ads that will appear on newspapers, Honda will also offer information for the positions online. Interested applicants can go to www.indiana.honda.com for detailed information about the positions open.

It can be remembered that in June 28 of last year, Honda made known to the public that they will be building a new plant in Greensburg. Honda further said that this plant currently being constructed will produce as much as 200,000 vehicles every year when it reaches its maximum operating capacity.

Shane McCoy, the senior manager for the new plant, has this to say about the employment. "This is a small but significant step in hiring Honda associates for our Greensburg plant. This begins an exciting aspect of establishing a Honda manufacturing operation - reaching into communities for future associates who want to lean our unique culture and product-quality processes". Indeed, it is known in the automotive circle that Honda has one of the most efficient process and hardworking workforce, as efficient and as hardworking as the renown system.

Honda emphasized on their announcement of hiring that they will look for diversity on their workforce. "We are committed to recruiting candidates from diverse backgrounds to become part of our team," McCoy stated in his announcement. This proclamation shows that true to its image, the car maker is an equal opportunity employer. This may be the reason for the admirable work ethics of their associates. Honda chooses to call their directly employed worker as associates.

The assembly plant being constructed in Greensburg will handle all the jobs being performed by other huge automobile assembly plant. Stamping, body welding, plastic injection-molding, sub assembly processes, painting, and final assembly are the jobs that the Greensburg plant will be dealing with. Vehicles that will be produced at the said plant will be for the 2009 model year. The construction of the vehicles, which up to now Honda has yet to name, will start in fall of 2008. The assembly plant is being constructed on a 1,700 acre site in Decatur County, found on the northwest part of Greensburg. This will be the sixth plant in the United States of the Asian auto manufacturer.

As stated, Honda has yet to name what vehicles will be mass produced at the said plant. So far, the only information they have given which pertains to the vehicles is that they will be producing cars equipped with fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines. The other parts needed in the assembly of these vehicles will come from their US suppliers.

Last year, Honda managed to make 1.16 million vehicles on their plants located in North America. That figure represents more than 77 percent of Honda and Acura passenger cars and light trucks sold in the United States alone by Honda America Incorporated. Last year's sales figure for Honda is 1.5 million vehicles sold.

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