JobsOhio approves grant for $200M Honda Anna plant investment

A company shot of workers at Honda's engine plant in Shelby County.
A company shot of workers at Honda's engine plant in Shelby County.

JobsOhio has approved a $2.8 million development grant to boost a planned investment in Honda’s engine plant in Anna, according to the state development arm’s monthly incentives report.

The project would entail a commitment by Honda of America Mfg., Inc. to an investment of $200 million, an investment that would create 120 new jobs, with an attendant new payroll of $5,304,000.

Retained would 2,367 current jobs, according to a JobsOhio summary of the project. The fixed asset investment would reach $200 million, the report says.

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In June 2019, Honda filed a building permit application for a $15 million expansion at its Anna plant.

The reason given for the permit, filed for the 12500 Meranda Road factory, is “plant expansion,” records show.

The value of the expansion is given as $15 million, according to Shelby County building permit records.

The size of the facility is 74,374 square feet, records show.

Honda Anna engine plant employee Mark Bollheimer hosts a plant tour with area high school students in 2018. CONTRIBUTED.
Honda Anna engine plant employee Mark Bollheimer hosts a plant tour with area high school students in 2018. CONTRIBUTED.

“We’re always planning for the future and working to strengthen our manufacturing characteristics,” Caroline Ramsey, manager of government and industry relations at Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., said in 2019.

Located about an hour’s drive north of Dayton, the Anna plant in Shelby County has operated since 1985, growing from 100 workers into what Honda says is its second largest Ohio operation, employing more than 2,800 people.

The plant annually produces more than 1 million four-cylinder, V-6 and turbo engines for Honda auto plants across North America. In addition, the plant also produces pulleys for Continuously Variable Transmissions used in the Honda Accord and CR-V.

Since 1979, Honda never laid off a full-time employee before the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the pandemic, the automaker had about 8,000 Miami Valley residents as workers, total at the Anna plant and a pair of Troy distribution facilities. Some Dayton- and Springfield-area residents also commute to Honda’s central Ohio plants daily.

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