Anna Honda Turns 25

It's a week of celebration for Japanese manufacturer Honda who, after a few days ago announced the production of the 10 millionth vehicle at the Marysville Auto Plant (MAP) in Ohio, let the world know yesterday that the Anna Engine Plant, its largest automobile engine factory, turned 25.

Opened in 1985, the facility is currently producing 1.18 million four- and six-cylinder engines each year, supplying engines to five Honda assembly plants in Ohio, Indiana and Ontario, Canada. It employs 2,400 people and has manufactured since its opening over 17 million engines.

"I congratulate Honda's leadership and all of the dedicated employees who have worked here to power vehicles for the last quarter-century. Your commitment to quality and innovation has made a truly significant impact on Ohio's economy and our community," Ohio Governor Ted Strickland said during an anniversary ceremony.

Aside for assembling the engines, the facility is in charge with manufacturing just about all the steel and aluminum parts needed for the engines. Anna has contracts with 125 suppliers in Ohio and neighboring states, from which it purchased $5.2 billion worth of parts (about one-third of Honda's total North American acquisitions last year).

"From the beginning, the power behind the Anna Engine Plant has been its associates, who make the flexibility of this plant work for our customers, and the strong partnerships with surrounding communities," plant manager John Spoltman added.

"Without the friendship and support of our friends and neighbors, we never could have realized this moment or the tremendous success that this plant and this community have built together over the past quarter century."
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