HondaJet To Be Built In North Carolina

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On Friday, Honda Aircraft fulfilled a promise to build the HondaJet in the U.S. by announcing plans to establish its world headquarters and aircraft manufacturing plant in Greensboro, N.C. Aircraft division President and CEO Michimasa Funjino said his company will invest $60 million for the new 215,000-sq-ft headquarters facility and hangar at Piedmont Triad International (PTI) Airport and a further unspecified dollar amount for an adjacent manufacturing plant. Honda said its new home will be finished in November and promised more details about the production facility's size, scope of operations and construction timetable at a later date. Honda plans to begin delivery of HondaJets to customers in 2010 and has orders for "more than 100" of the very light jets. "For five years, Greensboro has served as the home of HondaJet, as we have worked to take our dream from the drawing board to the sky," said Fujino. "As we move steadily toward certification, production and delivery to our customers, I am excited that Greensboro will be home both to our company's world headquarters and the production of HondaJet." Honda Aircraft's new headquarters will serve as the home for all HondaJet research, product engineering, sales/marketing and service support, and will replace the company's existing 32,000-sq-ft hangar and office complex already at PTI.