It was 30 years ago this month that Honda rolled the first Accord off their Ohio Assembly Line.
30 years later, Honda is one of the most respected automakers in America, and they are celebrating their continued development in the Buckeye State.
The Detroit Free Press chronicled the relationship between Ohio and Honda, saying “Honda’s Ohio plant changed competitive landscape in America.”
It was in Marysville, Ohio where the first American Honda rolled off the lot.
“The original silver-gray 1983 Accord that rolled off the line Nov. 1, 1982, with a blue and white Ohio license plate “USA 001,'” the paper says.
Overall, Honda has invested $8 billion in Ohio and employs 26,000 people throughout the country. American Honda has never laid off an employee.
In Canton, the Waikem family is proud to be an early supporter of the Honda name.
We are one of the oldest Honda dealers in Northeast Ohio.
We are still going strong and are proud to say we are still succeeding every month.
Honda first started making motorcycles in the western Ohio Assembly plant before making a $3.9 billion investment in a car assembly plant a few years later.
“We don’t look at whether we are a Japanese or American company,” said Marysville plant manager Jeff Tomko in the Detroit Free Press. “The combination of Japanese culture, U.S. aggressive style, rural manufacturing and a hard work ethic has made it a success.”
The East Liberty, Ohio plant makes the Honda CR-V.
The Anna, Ohio, engine plant is an award winning plant. It’s Honda’s largest engine plant, employing more than 2,500 Ohioans.
Overall, more than 15 million Hondas have been assembled in Ohio, along with more than 18 million engines, and 14 million automatic transmissions.