Honda No. 10 Million Exits Marysville

Talk about a milestone... Japanese manufacturer Honda announced today its Marysville Auto Plant (MAP) in Ohio has become its first facility outside the US to reach the 10 million vehicles produced mark. The anniversary model was a Honda Accord Sedan.

"Production of this 10 millionth automobile is the result of the shared commitment to our customers, demonstrated over the past 28 years by all of the associates who have worked at the Marysville Auto Plant through the years," Hidenobu Iwata, Honda of America CEO said in a statement.

"With the support of many other Honda business units, domestic suppliers and our other business partners, Honda associates have demonstrated many times their ability to overcome great challenges and to improve Honda's competitive characteristics."

Honda opened the Marysville plant in November 1982. Currently, it produces pretty much the entire fleet of Accords being sold in the US, while the TL, RDX and Accord Coupe are exclusively produced here. In 2010, the facility ranked fourth in North America in the Initial Quality Survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates.

The facility has contracts with 600 suppliers, 530 of which in the U.S. and 160 in Ohio. It purchased $13.3 billion worth of parts last year, $5.5 billion of which in the home state of Ohio.

"I am very proud of the MAP team, and I know firsthand that each associate cares deeply about the product that goes out the door," plant manager Sam Harpest added. "This is a direct reflection of the dedication shared by all Honda associates who have supported production at this plant."
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