Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Bring on the Jobs


Here is some potentially great news for Ohio. Honda, who already has a couple of assembly plants in the state, is looking to maybe add another very soon. If Honda would choose Ohio, our state could soon challenge Michigan as the biggest carmaker in the United States according to an article at

Honda has been growing slowly but steadily. It needs to be able to build more vehicles in the United States because it is introducing so many new models, said Jeff Schuster, executive directore of global forecasting for J.D. Power and Associates, a market research firm.

There is a chance the state could overtake Michigan, which for years has led the nation in the number of cars built.

In 2005, Michigan built almost 1.2 million cars, compared with 882,222 cars from second-ranked Ohio, according to, which provides auto date and analysis from Ward's, a Detroit publisher. The ohio number also includes the Chevrolet Colbalt and Pontiac Pursuit built by General Motors at Lordstown.

The article is not sure where the plant might be built if Honda chooses Ohio, but it is rumored that Van Wert, which is near Lima, could be a potential location.

"We expect Honda will tell us more about our sites within the next month," Johnson said. "I know they have a very aggressive timeline, that speed is extremely important."

Indiana is also in contention for the new plant, but my money is on Ohio, we do it better over here.


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