Honda will invest $52 million in its Greensburg, Indiana, plant to add output of its CR-V compact SUV by early next year, the automaker said this week.
Honda reported in January that it reached in 2015 an all-time record for single-year North American auto production. At the same time, it announced plans to expand its light-truck supply capability by adding production of the Honda CR-V to the company’s Indiana plant and the all-new HR-V at a second plant in Mexico, both moves planned to take place in 2017. The automaker has revealed this week additional details of its strategy, by saying it will make a new investment of 52 million dollars and create 100 new jobs to support its early-2017 production startup in Indiana of America’s best-selling SUV four years running. About 40 million dollars will go toward upgrading the manufacturing site, while another 12.4 million dollars will be spent on a 20,000-square-foot training center.
The Indiana factory will continue to build the Civic sedan, Honda’s third-highest-selling modes in the US, while the North American production of the CR-V will carry on at the East Liberty, Ohio, and Alliston, Ontario, plants. Furthermore, the Honda’s Mexico site in Guadalajara, which currently builds the CR-V, will take over the output of the HR-V subcompact crossover in 2017. The production at the Greensburg factory has begun in 2008 and about 2,300 workers are employed at the site.