Honda adds new products and jobs
TIMMONSVILLE – Honda of South Carolina Mfg., Inc. (HSC) today announced the creation of 44 new jobs with an investment of $42 million at a production start-up event for Honda’s newest, largest and most versatile side-by-side, the 2016 Pioneer™1000. Honda executives and associates were joined at the celebration of the new production model by South Carolina Lt. Governor Henry McMaster, community and government officials and other guests.
The expansion also includes another new product line – the Pioneer 1000-5. “The side-by-side market is growing rapidly and Honda is focused on adding new jobs and investment to meet the increasing customer demand,” said Brian Newman, president of Honda of South Carolina. “The new Pioneer 1000 will be the flagship offering in the largest and fastest-growing segment of the industry and the 1,000 associates at Honda South Carolina are ready and excited to meet the challenge.”
Honda’s continued growth and investment in South Carolina is testament to its talented work force and is an example of the strong business climate in the state, South Carolina Lt. Governor Henry McMaster said at the event. “Congratulations to Honda for creating 44 new jobs and continuing its investment in the people of Timmonsville,” said McMaster. “From all-terrain vehicles to side-by-sides, we’re extremely proud that Honda manufactures high-quality products in South Carolina. Today’s successful production start up of the all-new Honda Pioneer 1000 is testament to the achievements of our world-class workforce in this great state.”
Honda’s top North American executive also praised Honda of South Carolina’s associates for the successful launch of the groundbreaking Pioneer 1000. “The ultimate heritage of any company is its people,” said Takuji Yamada, president of Honda North America. “I am excited to be here in South Carolina with associates representing Team Honda from across our many business divisions, including manufacturing, R&D and sales and marketing. The products that you are building in the Palmetto State today will set new benchmarks for our industry in the future.” The Pioneer 1000 lineup is scheduled to be available in dealerships starting in October.
The largest and most versatile side-by-side in Honda’s lineup to date, the class-leading Pioneer 1000 is produced exclusively at HSC. The Pioneer 1000 joins the Pioneer 700 and 500 as the flagship model for the product line built at HSC, which has been producing all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for 17 years for the North American market and for export to other regions. Founded in 1948, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is a Japan-based global leader in the production of automobiles, motorcycles and power equipment. With facilities on six continents, the company employs a total workforce of more than 200,000 worldwide.
Honda's Timmonsville plant is one of the company’s 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America and has produced more than 2.5 million ATVs, since it opened its doors in 1998. Honda's brand-new, full-size side-by-side models - the Pioneer 1000 and Pioneer 1000-5 - will feature class-leading displacement and payload, a 6-speed fully automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) and a full list of features and options. Powered by a purpose-built inline, twin-cylinder, Unicam® 999cc engine, the Pioneer 1000 is offered in four different configurations, from the base three-person version to the deluxe five-person model, which features 14-inch aluminum wheels, 27-inch radial tires, LED headlights and electric power steering. Every Pioneer 1000 comes standard with four-wheel-drive, as well as a high-low sub-transmission and 4-mode differential lock, while the five-person model features auto-leveling rear suspension and a full-size convertible bed with Honda's exclusive QuickFlip™ seating. Learn more about the new Pioneer 1000 at http://powersports. honda.com.