East Liberty Auto Plant

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East Liberty Auto Plant is a Honda factory in East Liberty, Ohio, United States. The assembly plant opened in 1989. East Liberty is about 45 minutes northwest of Columbus, Ohio.

The Honda East Liberty Auto Plant as seen from Ohio State Route 347.

Today, the plant produces the Honda CR-V and Acura RDX. The East Liberty Auto Plant was the first plant on the continent to employ low-emission, water-borne paint and the first to use laser welding in mass production.[1]

  • Location: East Liberty, Ohio
  • Started production: December 1989
  • Plant size: 1.9 million square feet
  • Capital investment: $1.1 billion
  • Associates: 2,500
  • Produces:
  • Annual production capacity: 240,000 cars and light trucks
  • Operations:
    • Stamping
    • Welding
    • Painting
    • Testing
    • Plastics injection molding
    • Assembly and sub-assembly
    • Quality assurance
    • Shipping & export
  • Additional parts produced:
    • Stamped parts exported to Honda of Canada Mfg. for Civic production

The East Liberty plant became the lead plant in global production of the CR-V in 2016.[2] Engineers working in the plant are responsible for providing the first set of hard-tooled parts and complete body unit builds for nine other CR-V plants around the world to follow and replicate. The team have to perfect the parts and manufacturing processes. The plant's 200,000-square-foot welding shop was expanded and underwent a makeover with 200 new robots. The plant began to produce the 2017 CR-V in November 2016. The East Liberty plant exports vehicles to many countries including: Saudi Arabia, Korea and Russia.[2]

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Coordinates: 40°19′45″N 83°33′00″W / 40.329289°N 83.549891°W / 40.329289; -83.549891