COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Honda will add about 50 new jobs at its central Ohio assembly plant as it starts building a new hybrid Accord sedan there this year, the company announced Thursday.
The Japanese automaker said it will invest about $23 million in outfitting the plant in Marysville, near Columbus, to build the 2014 hybrid Accord. The third Honda hybrid to be built in the United States, the car will go on sale nationwide in the fall. Pricing has yet to be announced.
"Expansion is under way, and as we get into the spring and summer we'll start trial production and start hiring the new associates," company spokesman Ron Lietzke said Thursday.
The 95,000-square-foot Marysville plant is being fitted to house assembly processes for production of the two-motor Accord hybrid. That includes lengthening the main assembly line and adding space for additional assembly and parts.
A plug-in version of the hybrid Accord, built in Japan, will go on sale this spring. The company builds the Civic hybrid and Acura ILX hybrid in Greensburg, Ind.