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June 28, 2006

Honda coming to Indiana for new North American plant

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Honda Motor Co. has chosen a site in Indiana for its new North American auto plant, an Ohio newspaper reported Tuesday.

Officials from Indiana and Honda would not confirm Tuesday's report by The Columbus Dispatch. But state Rep. Cleo Duncan said an attorney who represents Honda in its efforts to buy land in southeastern Indiana told her that a major announcement was scheduled for Wednesday morning and that Gov. Mitch Daniels would attend.

She said she did not know if the announcement the Baker and Daniels attorney told her about concerns Honda, but she believed it would be held at Greensburg Community Learning Center.

Daniels spokeswoman Jane Jankowski declined to comment Tuesday, as did Jeffrey Smith, assistant vice president of American Honda.

Communities in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin have all vied for the plant, which would employ 1,500 workers and produce 200,000 vehicles a year.

The $400 million plant would be Honda's sixth in North America.

Honda has considered sites east and west of Greensburg.

Planning officials in Decatur County were already scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss rezoning the western 662 hectares for the plant Honda officials hope to have built by 2008.

The new factory would boost Honda's North American production capacity from 1.4 million to 1.6 million vehicles a year. The company has two plants in Ohio, and one each in Alabama, Canada and Mexico.

The company this spring collected options on land near Greensburg, 80 kilometers southeast of Indianapolis, offering to buy property at 75 percent more than its assessed value. The deal included a $6,000 signing bonus to landowners who agreed to sell, regardless of whether the land was used. (AP)

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What! No more plants in the south...Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennesee, Texas.
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