Honda celebrates 3 millionth Alabama-built vehicle
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Line 1 employees produce the Odyssey minivans and Ridgeline pickup are produced.
Line 1 employees produce the Odyssey minivans and Ridgeline pickup are produced.
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Line 2 employees, where the Pilot SUV and Acura MDX luxury SUV are produced, celebrate Thursday.
Line 2 employees, where the Pilot SUV and Acura MDX luxury SUV are produced, celebrate Thursday.
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LINCOLN - Associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, celebrated a production milestone in manufacturing more than 3 million Honda vehicles and V-6 engines in Alabama Thursday.

The production of HMA’s 3 millionth vehicle this week comes a little more than 12 years since the start of mass production at the $2 billion facility on Nov. 14, 2001.

“The commitment and dedication of our 4,000 associates has allowed HMA to achieve this production milestone and fulfill our commitment to more than 3 million Honda customers across the globe,” said Tom Shoupe, HMA president.

HMA is the sole production source of the Odyssey minivan, the Pilot sport utility vehicle, the Ridgeline pickup truck, the Acura MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and the V-6 engines that power each vehicle. During calendar years 2009 and 2010, the facility also shared production of the Honda Accord V-6 Sedan with Honda of America Mfg. in Marysville, Ohio.

The production breakdown, by model, is approximately:

• 1.82 million Odyssey minivans

• 1.02 million Pilot SUVs

• 90,000 Ridgeline trucks

• 50,000 Acura MDX SUVs

• 27,000 Accord V-6 Sedans (2009-2010)

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama employs more than 4,000 associates at its 3.7-million-square-foot Lincoln facility and has the capacity to produce as many as 340,000 vehicles and engines each year. Over the past two years, HMA has invested an additional $450 million and added more than 400 jobs in expansion efforts designed to enhance manufacturing flexibility and increase annual production.