HMA will produce the company’s fourth model, the Acura MDX luxury sport utility vehicle. The production will be transferred from Honda of Canada Manufacturing to Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in 2013. Production began in November 2001. HMA produces the Odyssey minivan, the Pilot sport utility vehicle and the Ridgeline pickup as well as V6 engines.
Mark Morrison, spokesman for HMA, said Monday a meeting was held with associates at the Lincoln plant to discuss updates on the production situation as it impacts the supply of vehicles Honda makes in Alabama.
“What we told associates is that the overall production volume is going to remain at a significantly reduced level as we continue to operate at adjusted levels of production through the summer months,” he said.
Adjusted daily production will continue until the one week summer shutdown period in July. This is an annual, planned one week production shutdown that HMA schedules each summer. It is a paid holiday period for associates.
“As we continue reduced production, we will continue that through the first of July,” Morrison said. “It’s a very fluid situation and we’ll continue to monitor it and provide associates with updates as they become available.”
Morrison said the goal at Honda plants all over North America is to normalize overall production. He also said Honda is committed to keeping its “team” together.
“We are committed to not having any layoffs,” he said. “During this non-production time that we have, our associates can continue working a full 40 hours to get their full paycheck.”
Morrison said he feels good about the recovery plan they are on. Although he said he wished they could start back full production tomorrow, it’s not realistic or possible.
In March, Honda announced an investment the company is planning to make in terms of expansion at the existing facility. The project was said to increase production capacity and enhance and improve vehicle and engine manufacturing flexibility for the plant.
Morrison said the team at Honda will stay at 4,000 associates. He said the MDX coming to Alabama is part of a long-range plan that was in place before the disaster in Japan struck.
“Bringing the Acura MDX from Canada to Alabama certainly speaks well of the work our associates are doing,” he said. “It also speaks to the job security of the Alabama workforce.”
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