But what about three million cars? Our best guess is the length of that many cars would well exceed the number needed to cover the straight-line distance between Lincoln, Alabama and Tokyo, about 6,700 miles.
And that’s the milestone announced yesterday by spokespersons for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, who announced the 3 millionth vehicle had been built, making their factory the first automaker in the state to reach that mark.
With two shifts working on two different production lines, Honda didn’t specify a single vehicle, or even a specific type of vehicle, as being the three millionth. Everyone at the plant can share in the satisfaction of knowing they had a part in making it happen since the plant began production in November, 2001.
Honda’s numbers are impressive. The production facility in Lincoln represents an investment in excess of $2 billion, with 3.6 million square feet of space. With 4,000 workers, HMA is by far the largest employer in Talladega County. Investments of $450 million in the past two years have helped the company add 400 jobs.
All of Honda’s Oddessey minivans, Pilot SUVs, Ridgeline pickups, Acura MDX luxury SUVs and V-6 engines are produced right here in Alabama. The plant also shares production of the Accord V-6 Sedan with Honda’s manufacturing plant in Marysville, Ohio. Production of the MDX was transferred to HMA from Canada.
HMA pegs its annual capacity at 340,000 vehicles per year.
Alabama’s three automakers, Honda, Hyundai and Mercedes, set a new record of over 880,000 vehicles produce last year, and they appear headed for a new record this year.
The rise of the automotive industry in Alabama has written a new chapter in state history. The carmakers and their suppliers have brought in a wide range of manufacturing and support jobs that make a huge difference in the state’s economy.
HMA has also been a great community partner, with donations valued at more than $5 million to Alabama charities and non-profit organization.
Congratulations on this milestone are certainly in order to HMA, its associates and suppliers.