Honda Aircraft will break ground on a new 82,000-square-foot facility in Greensboro, North Carolina, this July that could lead to a production increase of 25%. Honda currently builds four HondaJet Elites a month, but additional capacity will allow this boost when the facility opens next summer.
Honda says the $15.5-million investment will add to its 133-acre facility in Greensboro and form the basis for a new wing production facility that will allow more wing sets to be produced concurrently. In addition, Honda says the new facility offer more storage for service parts.
“As the HondaJet’s popularity and presence continues to increase around the world, it is necessary for our facility to meet our production and service needs while operating at the highest level of efficiency,” said Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company. “We are proud that Honda Aircraft Company is expanding its footprint in North Carolina and in the aviation industry.”
Honda delivered 37 aircraft in 2018 after sending 43 out into the world during 2017, a reduction attributed in part to the government shutdown, a switchover to the new longer-range Elite model and other factors.