Mark Morrison, spokesman for Honda Manufacturing Alabama in Lincoln, said today that the Japanese-based auto manufacturer plans to start hiring 50 people for manufacturing positions in the fall. The hiring is part of $115 million the company is investing in the plant to increase production.
Morrison said boosts in vehicle sales plus the planned production of the Acura MDX luxury SUV at the plant next year triggered the need for more workers and increased production. The plant will ramp up its production schedule in January.
"At Honda, we've seen our sales improve, especially an increase in the products we make in Alabama,” Morrison said. “As we prepare to add production next year of the Acura MDX into our operations, it is critical that we can meet the increase in customer demand with speed and overall flexibility”.
Honda officials have previously announced the hiring of about 250 people as part of expansion efforts for the Acura MDX. The company has also already announced $275 million will be invested in the expansion project.
The Lincoln plant currently employees about 4,000 people and is the sole North American producer of the Odyssey minivan, the Ridgeline pickup truck and the Pilot SUV.
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