2018 Honda Accord Production: Ohio Gets 300 New Jobs & $267M Investment
The Marysville and Anna, Ohio plants will be in charge of producing the 2018 Accord, in addition to its 1.5 and 2.0-liter turbocharged engines.
Manufacturers love to shout about their domestic investments and job creation, however, it’s important to pay close attention to the facts. Or should we say, the figures? You know, just in case you hear otherwise a Twitterbot.
Here’s an important figure you can wrap your mind around on: the 10th generation Accord is America’s best-selling car for the past 41 years. The Accord’s U.S. production exceeds 11 million units since the Marysville Auto Plant’s creation in 1982. Lastly, and not to take the spotlight away from Ohio, but Honda is also investing a combined $149 million in the Russells Point, Ohio, and Tallapoosa, Georgia plants where the new 10-speed automatic transmission will be produced.
Aside from traditional manufacturing techniques, the Ohio operation will focus on new technologies needed to manufacture the new Accord. This includes a laser brazing process for the roof, and new stamping techniques to produce sharply sculpted bodies. The Japanese manufacturer will also debut the sedan’s first-ever use of high-performance structural adhesives for increased body rigidity, and the application of acoustic spray foam for cabin quietness.
“The new jobs and production growth will enable us to meet anticipated strong demand for the new Honda Accord,” said Rob May, MAP plant manager. “Re-imagining the new Accord and bringing it to life took an incredible effort by our project team and our associates. The privilege of producing America’s best-selling car for the last 41 years is a significant point of pride for our associates.”
The Marysville Assembly Plant also added a new sub-assembly process for the new Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) for the upcoming Accord Hybrid, which will also see production in Ohio.