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Published: Thursday, 9/22/2011

Honda plans expansion at Ohio transmission site

BLADE STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

RUSSELLS POINT, Ohio -- Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America Inc. has announced a $50 million expansion at a transmissions plant in western Ohio where workers will cast aluminum transmission cases.

Honda said yesterday that the 75,000-square-foot expansion at the plant in Russells Point will house high-pressure die-casting operations. A new melting furnace is expected to reduce waste and energy consumption. Honda receives about 100,000 pounds of molten aluminum per day from mills in Indiana.

The addition is being added to support a new transmission assembly line that began construction in December and is part of a 200,000-square-foot expansion. The automaker says the two projects are expected to create more than 100 jobs by 2013. The plant employs 1,000 now.



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