Honda plans $210 million paint line in Ohio

Honda is painting itself green.

Honda of America’s manufacturing unit said today it plans to invest $210 million in a new paint line at its Marysville, Ohio, plant that will cut water use, energy consumption, and emissions.

Honda will begin construction on the 300,000-square-foot expansion in December and hopes to finish it two years later. When it’s done, the facility will save more than two million gallons of water a year by using “dry-booth” technology that uses limestone dust rather than water to capture paint overspray.

The operation will also cut painting time by cutting one of the three baking ovens currently used. By using a new primer developed with supplier PPG Industries, Honda said it will cut CO2 emissions by 18 percent and volatile organic compounds (things like lead, chlorine and formaldehyde) emissions by 66 percent.

When the shop is done in December 2017, it will be Honda’s most energy-efficient paint facility in the U.S.

“With this new investment, our Ohio operations are once again raising the bar for quality and environmentally responsible manufacturing operations,” Tom Shoupe, executive vice president and COO of Honda of America Mfg., Inc. said in a statement.

The new paint shop will be able to handle 229,000 vehicles a year. Honda plans to use it for its Accord sedan and coupe, and the Acura ILX and TLX sedans.

The Marysville plant is Honda’s oldest and largest plant in the U.S., and builds about 440,000 vehicles a year.

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