LINCOLN, AL – Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC (HMA) today said associates at the Odyssey minivan and engine plant in Lincoln reached a production milestone at 11:57 a.m. with the completion of the 100,000th Odyssey minivan built at HMA.
The 100,000th Odyssey is a Sandstone Metallic 2003 EX model with leather interior and DVD rear entertainment system.
The production of the 100,000th Alabama-made Odyssey comes just a little more than a year after the start of mass production at the $580 million facility in Lincoln. In September, HMA achieved its targeted capacity of 650 V-6 engines and vehicles per day.
“Again, our 2,300 associates have proven their world-class manufacturing capabilities in reaching this production milestone,” said Chuck Ernst, HMA plant manager. “We salute the accomplishments of our associates and their commitment to building products of the highest quality for our customers.”
Spurred by continuing strong demand, Odyssey minivan sales set a new sales record in October with 13,117 units sold. Odyssey sales are up more than 18 percent from one year ago.
On Nov. 21, 2002, HMA celebrated the start of construction on a $425 million second assembly line that will employ another 2,000 associates and eventually double production capacity to 300,000 engines and vehicles per year. Construction of the second line will be finished by early 2004. When completed, Honda’s Alabama facility will total more than 2.8 million square feet with approximately 4,300 associates and an investment exceeding $1 billion.