Honda Celebrates 20 Years of Production in South Carolina
Honda is celebrating the 20th anniversary of production at Honda of South Carolina, where the automaker’s all-terrain vehicles and side-by-side vehicles are built for North American and global markets.
When it was first established in 1998, HSC employed 200 people. Now it is up to 1,000 associates and the plant has quadrupled in size to accommodate increased demand. In that time, it also produced three million ATVs.
“Today’s milestone is a tribute to the outstanding Honda associates here in South Carolina who are committed to making quality products for our customers every day,” said Gary Mabrey, president of HSC. “Their skills, knowledge, creativity, talent and dedication have made HSC a success over the last 20 years.”
Furthermore, HSC is celebrating the completion of the $45 million expansion project Honda had announced in 2016, which added an extra 115,000 square feet to the plant and 250 more jobs, all to meet strong SxS demand.
The project added new buildings, new weld equipment, a new paint line, automated guided carriers, lift assist devices and various other tools to improve efficiency and quality.
To commemorate the major milestone, HSC gave back to the community by making contributions to four local organizations: the city of Timmonsville and the Florence County Library both received $10,000, while the Florence School District Four received $20,000 toward their STEM lab and the Sardis-Timmonsville Fire Department.
“These organizations share our belief and commitment in helping make society a better place and it is an honor for Honda to support them,” Mabrey said. “We know these organizations will use the contributions from Honda to provide services and educational opportunities for the community.”