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Honda Aero Breaks Ground on Expanding Burlington, North Carolina Facility

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Artist rendering of the new expansion at Honda Aero Inc., in Burlington, NC

Artist rendering of the new expansion at Honda Aero Inc., in Burlington

Honda Aero, Inc. (HAI) announced today that it has broken ground on a new $21 million, 50,000-square foot facility addition to its Burlington, North Carolina plant. Honda says that it expects the expansion to create 20 to 30 new jobs over the next few years.

When construction is completed in early 2017, the new facility will allow HAI to produce more HF120 light-jet engines for use in the HondaJet, as well as any other future projects.

“Honda Aero is very excited to expand upon the strong foundation we have established in North Carolina and increase our production capabilities,” said Honda Aero President Atsukuni Waragai. “This facility will give us increased flexibility and capacity to continue providing the very best products and services for our customers.”

HAI received its FAA Production Certificate in March of last year, and currently produces and services the HF120 engine at its Burlington facility. In addition to the HondaJet, the HF120 is also available for other airframe applications.

The official Maintenance Repair and Overhaul facility for the HF120 engine, HAI has a state-of-the-art test cell, repair and overhaul, along with parts warehousing.

“In addition to being an important day for our business, this is another big step for our Honda Aero associates, as we continue to grow and mature our aviation manufacturing capabilities in Burlington,” said Honda Aero VP Tony Brandewie. “As the footprint of our operation expands, so does our partnership with the local community, especially with the Burlington-Alamance Airport Authority which has been instrumental in supporting our business.”