HMA sets annual production record
LINCOLN — Honda Manufacturing of Alabama produced a total of 336,601 Odyssey minivans, Pilot sport utility vehicles, Ridgeline pickups and the V-6 engines that power all three models in 2012, according to a press release.

Preliminary production estimates are through Dec. 21. The plant is estimated to have turned out 158,527 Odysseys; 156,920 Pilots and 21,154 Ridgelines. The Lincoln plant is the exclusive global production source for all three models.

“Honda experienced a tremendous resurgence in production in 2012, after recovering from the natural disasters of the prior year,” HMA president Tom Shoupe said in the release. “The teamwork and dedication of our 4,000 associates has, once again, led our company to achieve production of a record number of high quality, Alabama built, Honda vehicles and engines for our customers.”

The release goes on to say that in the past two years, HMA has announced investments of nearly $400 million to increase vehicle production, including the addition of Acura MDX luxury sports utility vehicle to the production lineup in the coming year.

“The investments also support an increase in annual production capacity to 360,000 vehicles and engines by 2013 and achieve improvements in manufacturing efficiency,” according to the release. The plant has also hired an additional 350 associates during the past two years.

The Lincoln plant covers 3.5 million square feet and represents a $2 billion capital investment. Annual payroll is in excess of $250 million.

© 2012