Launching its second major new model in only three months, the East
Liberty Auto Plant today started mass production of the all-new 2013
Acura RDX. The popular luxury crossover SUV will go on sale at Acura
dealerships nationwide next month.
Acura dealers, local community leaders and public officials joined
associates at the plant today as the first mass-produced 2013 Acura
RDX rolled off the assembly line. Also on hand for the line-off event
was John Mendel, executive vice president of sales at American Honda
Motor Co., Inc.
"Acura is a brand for luxury customers who aspire to the highest
levels of quality and value, and the East Liberty team is going to
play a very important role for us as we move forward with production
of this exceptional new Acura RDX," Mendel said. "We know
the East Liberty plant is one of the best in the world, as is evident
by your high quality rankings."
Located northwest of Columbus in Logan County, the East Liberty plant
was the recipient of a Silver Award from J.D. Power and Associates for
its outstanding quality in 2011. The plant will produce the
second-generation Acura RDX for the U.S. and export markets, using
domestic and globally sourced parts. In December, 2011, the plant
launched the all-new 2012 Honda CR-V, America's most popular SUV in
January and February of 2012. The East Liberty Plant is the sole
production source for the new Acura RDX and is responsible for
manufacturing the majority of Honda CR-V models for U.S. customers.
"We are proud to be the exclusive global manufacturer of the
luxury Acura RDX," said East Liberty Auto Plant manager, John
Mayberry. "Our associates work hard to exceed the expectations of
every customer, and as a team we are committed to producing the best
products in the world."
In addition to the finished product, the engines and automatic
transmissions for the Acura RDX and Honda CR-V also are made in Ohio,
at the Honda of America engine plant in Anna, and at Honda
Transmission Mfg. in Russells Point.
The Acura RDX also is an important product for domestic suppliers in
Ohio and the rest of North America that manufacture parts and
components for its production. More than 80 suppliers in Ohio
manufacture parts for the 2013 RDX. Overall, approximately 150
suppliers in Ohio and 600 in North America produce parts for Honda's
seven auto plants in North America. Honda's parts purchases from Ohio
suppliers totaled nearly $6 billion in 2011, and $16 billion in North
The East Liberty Auto Plant began producing automobiles in 1989 and
currently employs approximately 2,500 associates. In addition to the
RDX and CR-V, the 1.9-million-square-foot plant also produces the
Honda Crosstour for the U.S. and export markets.
In a major innovation of its operations, Honda is investing $166
million at the East Liberty Plant. Construction currently is under way
on a 155,000-square-foot expansion for new door and instrument panel
sub-assembly lines, and for the extension of the plant's final
assembly line. Additionally, construction began last year on a
396,000-square-foot parts consolidation center. This center will
significantly reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions associated
with the shipment of parts to the plant, including CO2 emissions that
contribute to global warming.
These projects are among the more than $500 million in new capital
investments that Honda has announced at its plants in Ohio over the
past 16 months.
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