Marysville, Ohio, has been home to the manufacturing plant that’s produced the Honda Accord since 1982. Now, according to the Dayton Business Journal, the latest iteration of the Japan-based automaker’s flagship four-door sedan – its 10th-generation model – will facilitate job creation at several plants in Ohio.
Between the Marysville plant and the engine manufacturing center in the nearby town of Anna, Honda believes the efforts necessary to produce the new automobile require 300 new hires. Currently, the two facilities have 4,000 and 2,850 people employed on-site, respectively.
Part of this hiring need stems from the Marysville plant reclaiming production responsibilities for the hybrid-fuel model of the Accord. Other improvements to the facility that auto workers will use include renovated stamping mechanisms, laser brazing, high-strength adhesives for the car’s body any more.
All told, Honda spent $220 million to prepare for the new Accord, $160 million of which exclusively paid for new welding technologies.
Meanwhile, the Anna plant received approximately $47 million in updates to begin working on engines for the turbocharged Accord models. This facility is the largest auto engine plant in the world, and as of its 30th anniversary in July 2015, it had manufactured more than 20 million engines during its decades of operation.