You can’t tell the story of Honda’s history in North America without Ohio, so Thursday the brand cut the ribbon on a brand new museum right here in the Buckeye State.
The new $35 million, 160,000 square foot facility opened in Marysville, Ohio at the site of Honda’s new Technical Development Center that will be bring even more jobs to the Buckeye State. Honda’s relationship with Ohio goes all the way back to 1982, when the first Honda Accord made in America rolled of the floor in Marysville, Ohio. Since that day, more than 1 million Hondas have been made right here in Ohio, leading to thousands of jobs and an untold amount of success stories for Ohio families.
“The new Honda Heritage Center is a collection of Honda dreams in the form of products that are responsible for millions of customer relationships,” said Takuji Yamada, chief operating officer of Honda’s North American regional operations. “The great variety of products on display – including powersports, power equipment and automobiles, as well as aviation and robotics – together with the major milestones highlighted, tell the stories of Honda associates in Ohio and from throughout North America.”
The new museum pays tribute to Honda’s history in all forms of transportation and power equipment. View the classic cars and motorcycles that made Honda what it is today, and see where Honda is heading in the future, including a replica of the humanoid robot ASIMO and the HondaJet that will debut in 2015.
In addition to the museum, this building is home to Honda’s new Technical Development Center, which is focused on advancing the skills of Honda engineers, equipment service technicians, and production associates involved in auto production at Honda plants in Ohio and throughout North America. This will help prepare Honda and its associates for the 21st century of manufacturing where success will be defined by the successful interaction between associates and advanced technology.
“Honda is committed to investing in its team of associates and this new training center will allow our associates to continually develop their manufacturing skills so that they can lead the production of critical global models,” Tom Shoupe, chief operating officer and executive vice president of Honda of America Mfg. Inc., said. “As we introduce more sophisticated technologies in our products and in our plants, we are working to ensure that our associates are equipped with the skills required for the manufacturing demands of the future. We view this investment in Honda people as critical to our future success.”
In the last five years, Honda has invested more than $1 billion in Ohio.
This is a proud moment for everyone here at Waikem Honda. More than 30 years ago, we saw where Honda was headed, and we became one of the first Honda dealerships to open in the area. We’ve sold Hondas to generations of families and we couldn’t be happier to see the brand continue to invest in this great state.