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Honda Selects Indiana For $400 Million Plant

Honda will build their new $400 million plant in Greensburg, Ind., bringing 1,500 new jobs with it.

Honda will build its new $400 million plant in Greensburg, Ind., bringing 1,500 new jobs with it, according to a report from The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio.

A source familiar with the project confirmed that the plant will end up in Greensburg, where work building 200,000 cars a year is expected to begin in 2008.

Honda officials are not commenting if the plant would be built in Greensburg, however a Honda spokesman said a news conference is scheduled for today.

Seven weeks ago, Honda announced it would build its sixth North American assembly operation in the Midwest.  Potential sites were identified in Greensburg and sites near Jeffersonville and Van Wert in Ohio. Illinois officials also made a pitch for the plant to come to their state.

Michigan and Wisconsin offered sites, but neither state was considered a contender. Indiana and Ohio, however, were always considered as front runners for the plant.

Honda also might not have wanted a new plant so close to its 150 suppliers in Ohio, who could have lost workers to the new Honda plant, analysts said.

Ohio still stands to gain about 3,000 jobs from the decision as companies in the state supply Honda with parts take on more work due to the expansion.
Honda has more suppliers in Ohio than any other state, totaling more than 41,000 workers, about 20,000 work exclusively on making parts for Honda.