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From the Morning News:
TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. — Honda of South Carolina announced Thursday that it is making a $45 million investment with a 115,000-square-foot-expansion that will bring 250 new jobs.
Growing to meet demand for Honda’s side-by-side vehicles produced exclusively in its South Carolina plant required a focus on creating a more flexible and efficient production facility, said Gary Mabrey, president of Honda of South Carolina Mfg. Inc.
“The step-by-step growth of o ur operations in South Carolina is really a testament to our outstanding associates and the great products they create for our customers every day,” he said. Company officials said that prior to Thursday’s announcement, Honda had invested $93 million and added 150 new jobs in South Carolina over the past five years related to side-by-side production alone. Honda of South Carolina is the exclusive global producer of Honda Pioneer side-by-sides, including the 500, 700 and 1000 series models. The expansion focuses on the paint, weld, final assembly and material service areas as the company looked to improve manufacturing efficiency, parts flow and logistics.
State Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. hailed it as “outstanding news” for Florence County and South Carolina.
“ We applaud Honda of South Carolina for their continued product line and workforce growth — both boldly underline that Florence County is at the forefront of economic growth,” Leatherman said. Congratulations Honda of South Carolina.”
Florence County Council Chairman Roger Poston said the investment “is a testament to Florence County’s economic vitality and strong workforce.”
“Honda of South Carolina’s expansion announcement is great news. Quality, associates, and customer satisfaction is what Honda is all about,” said Frank J. “Buddy” Brand, Florence County Economic Development Partnership chairman. “We congratulate everyone involved and look forward to Honda’s continued success in Florence County.”
Gov. Nikki Haley called Honda a “fantastic partner for nearly two decades,” and characterized news of the expansion as “another huge win for team South Carolina.”
World-class manufacturing firms continue to thrive in South Carolina, said Bobby Hitt, S.C. secretary of commerce, and bring new jobs to all corners of the state. He offered congratulations and said he looks forward to the company’s continued success in Florence County.”
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