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.
Nissan North America Inc.
Where: Smyrna, Tenn.
Vehicles: Nissan Leaf, Altima, Maxima, Pathfinder; Infiniti JX
2012 production: 411,219
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Inc.
Where: Princeton, Ind.
Vehicles: Toyota Sequoia, Sienna, Highlander
2012 production: 297,346
Where: Normal, Ill.
Vehicles: Mitsubishi Galant, Outlander Sport
2012 production: 37,152
Original Source: Columbus Business First
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