Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC, unveiled the all-new 2017 Honda CR-V during a special Wednesday morning ceremony in Greensburg. The announcement launches production of the Honda CR-V in the Greensburg plant with lines prepared to roll.
HMIN announced in March 2016 that they planned to add 100 jobs and invest $52 million into the Greensburg operations.
Bob Nelson, President and CEO of HMIN, expressed the happiness in the expansion and what the addition does to reinforce Honda’s commitment to HMIN and the Greensburg location.
“We certainly feel like we had to earn the right to produce the CR-V,” Nelson said. “It was a big vote of confidence for us within the plant to be awarded it. It is important to showcase our flexibility so that we can meet the needs of the customer in terms of continuing growth.”
Tom Hilfinger, the model leader for the CR-V, expressed what the CR-V beginning production does to reinforce the plant’s commitment to Greensburg.
“We have had a lot of growth since beginning in 2008,” Hilfinger said. “This shows that we have established a lot of great benchmarks and how we are contributing to the overall flexibility of Honda. For us to have two of Honda’s top selling vehicles in one place, it is great for now and also shows our flexibility for possible growth in the future.”
New model manufacturing leader Troy Niemier seconded Hilfinger’s stance on the unveiling cementing Honda’s commitment to Greensburg.
“We know we are here to stay based on the growth of the plant from a smaller plant to having 2,400 associates,” Niemier said. “We are here in this community and we will continue to make this community great.”
HMIN will continue to produce the Civic Sedan along with the CR-V in Greensburg moving forward.
The move to multiple vehicle manufacturing is not a first at HMIN. From April 2012 to November 2014, the plant was the exclusive home to the Acura ILX. That vehicle is now produced in Marysville, Ohio.
The Greensburg plant will share the workload of the CR-V production with Honda’s East Liberty, Ohio plant and their plant in Alliston, Ontario, Canada.
In front of the associates of Honda during the unveiling ceremony, Nelson thanked all of the associates.
“I am proud of the new CR-V, but mostly, I am proud of this team,” Nelson said. “I have no doubt that our team, in every department, has gotten stronger through this experience.”
The redesigned and re-engineered 2017 CR-V is on sale now in dealerships across America.
Source: Greensburg Daily News