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Honda plant celebrates 25 million engines

Honda’s Anna, Ohio engine plant, about an hour’s drive north of Dayton, is celebrating a big milestone.

The largest Honda engine plant in the world is marking the 25 millionth engine produced since Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. opened the facility in 1985.

“Honda recently invested $47 million in the Anna engine plant for the introduction of the new engine lineup for 2018 Honda Accord, including two new, direct-injected VTEC Turbo 4-cylinder engines and the 2.0 i-VTEC Atkinson Cycle engine for the Accord Hybrid,” Honda said in an announcement. “Total investment at the plant now exceeds $2.7 billion.”

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“Building 25 million engines is not just a major production milestone, but symbolic of the passion and commitment invested by our associates, past and present, to satisfy 25 million customers,” Paul Dentinger, plant manager, said in Honda’s statement. “We continue to invest in our plant and our people to build a new generation of Honda engine products for customers here and around the world.”

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The 25 millionth engine, produced on production line 4, was a 1.5-liter turbo that will be installed in an 2018 Accord, assembled 45 miles to the east at the Marysville Auto Plant.

The engine plant also makes the turbo engine in the Civic Type-R built in the United Kingdom, which the automaker says is the the most powerful engine ever offered in a Honda production vehicle in the United States.

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The Anna facility supplies engines and components for 14 Honda and Acura products assembled in Ohio, Indiana, Alabama, Canada and other locations.

At the current production rate of 1.18 million engines annually, it will take only 21 years for Anna to build another 25 million engines, the automaker said.

Honda has some 13,000 employees at facilities across West Central Ohio, including a Troy-area distribution center.

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