Honda Aircraft has broken ground on a new wing manufacturing and service parts facility in North Carolina, in a ceremony attended by CEO and president Michimasa Fujino.
The 83,000 square feet facility, at the company’s headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, is due to open in July 2020 and will house a wing manufacturing operation as well as a service parts warehouse for the HondaJet.
The groundbreaking ceremony was also attended by local and state government officials, with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper welcoming the investment in the new facility, costing $15.5 million, and the $245 million capital investment in North Carolina.
“We look forward to Honda [Aircraft’s] next breakthrough,” said Cooper. “They’re going to have some extra space, and they’re being a little mysterious about what they’re going to do with it.
“We know, too, that they’re going to need a skilled workforce for their R & D, for their advanced manufacturing.”
The aircraft manufacturer employs roughly 1,500 people in the state, with plans to ramp up activity on the Honda assembly line in order to increase production from four to five aircraft a month.
“The [new] facility will be utilized for lean production and increased production efficiency with a highly automated process,” said CEO Fujino.
“The addition of this facility will directly translate to quicker lead times between purchase and the delivery, eventually allowing us to increase output for our customers.”