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Columbus Biz Insider: “Biggest Japanese auto plants in the U.S.”

By Dan Eaton

November 5, 2013

Honda gets a good bang for its manufacturing buck.

Though its Marysville auto plant only has the fifth-highest employment among the 12 U.S. plants owned by Japanese automakers, it produced the second-most number of vehicles in 2012. This production strength comes as Honda Motor Co. is giving more work to its Ohio operations, a topic I’ve written about  extensively in the past few weeks (you should check it out).

Japanese automakers and their dealer networks were responsible for 1.36 million direct and indirect jobs in 2012, according to a study by Rutgers University professor Thomas Prusa conducted for the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association with 81,000 of those jobs U.S. manufacturing, distribution and R&D workers.

Who makes what where, and how many workers does it take to do it? Using data compiled from the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association and company resources, I ranked the U.S. auto assembly plants owned by Japanese-based automakers by employment.

1.Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc. 
Georgetown, Ky.
Vehicles: Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, Venza
2012 production: 462,080
Capacity: 500,000
Employees: 6,600


Nissan North America Inc. 
Where: Smyrna, Tenn.
Vehicles: Nissan Leaf, Altima, Maxima, Pathfinder; Infiniti JX
2012 production: 411,219
Capacity: 550,000
Employees: 6,000


 Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Inc.
Where: Princeton, Ind.
Vehicles: Toyota Sequoia, Sienna, Highlander
2012 production: 297,346
Capacity: 350,000
Employees: 5,026

4.Nissan North America Inc.
Where: Canton, Miss.
Vehicles: Nissan Altima, Frontier, Xterra, Titan, Armada, LCV Van
2012 production: 233,476
Capacity: 400,000
Employees: 5,000

5.Honda of America Manufacturing Inc.
Where: Marysville. Ohio
Vehicles: Honda Accord, Accord Hybrid; Acura TL
2012 production: 439,564
Capacity: 440,000
Employees: 4,400

6.Honda Manufacturing of Alabama LLC
Where: Lincoln. Ala.
Vehicles: Honda Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline
2012 production: 336,790
Capacity: 340,000
Employees: 4,200

7.Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc.
Where: Lafayette, Ind.
Vehicles: Subaru Legacy, Outback, Tribeca; Toyota Camry
2012 production: 277,932
Capacity: 310,000
Employees: 3,533

8.Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas Inc.
Where: San Antonio, Texas
Vehicles: Toyota Tundra, Tacoma
2012 production: 219,198
Capacity: 200,000
Employees: 2,883

9.Honda of America Manufacturing Inc.
Where: East Liberty
Vehicles: Honda CR-V, Crosstour; Acura RDX
2012 production: 243,428
Capacity: 240,000
Employees: 2,400

10.Honda Manufacturing of Indiana LLC
Where: Greensburg, Ind.
Vehicles: Honda Civic, Civic CNG, Civic Hybrid; Acura ILX, ILX Hybrid
2012 production: 199,544
Capacity: 250,000
Employees: 2,150

11.Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi Inc.
Where: Blue Springs, Miss.
Vehicles: Toyota Corolla
2012 production: 129,602
Capacity: 120,000
Employees: 1,796

12.Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc.

Where: Normal, Ill.
Vehicles: Mitsubishi Galant, Outlander Sport
2012 production: 37,152
Capacity: 70,000
Employees: 1,267

Original Source: Columbus Business First

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