Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
30 years ago this month, Honda became the first Japanese auto-maker to start production on U.S. soil. Its conversion of an Ohio cornfield into a factory chugging out waves of Honda Accords was seen as both revolutionary and foolhardy. Honda has survived and prospered, but lately it has come under increasing pressure in a tightening race for the top slot in midsize sedans.
The auto manufacturer that employs about 13,000 people in Central Ohio says it’s on pace to top 2011 production by 75 percent and could build as many as 1.7 million vehicles this year.
The company that employs about 13,000 people in Central Ohio says thousands of CR-Vs and Pilots have a defect in headlight wiring.
The auto manufacturer will produce new parts at a plan in Anna and add an assembly to a factory in Russells Point.
The company discontinued Japanese production of the NSX in 2005 because of poor sales.
The auto manufacturer says it’s adding jobs at plants in Marysville and Russell’s Point.
The company feared flood damage to parts suppliers in Thailand would force a delay for the new sport utility vehicle.
The Marysville and East Liberty plants employ about 6,700 workers.
The company, one of central Ohio’s private employers, saw North American sales shrink by 22 percent in the most-recent quarter.
A major automaker says it will boost production of passenger cars that run on compressed natural gas rather than gasoline. While so-called C-N-G cars and trucks pollute less, there are few places to re-fuel such vehicles.