Honda to invest $215 million in Ohio operations

Wed Aug 7, 2013 1:07pm EDT

A Honda logo is pictured as car aficionados are silhouetted at the New York International Auto Show March 27, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A Honda logo is pictured as car aficionados are silhouetted at the New York International Auto Show March 27, 2013.

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(Reuters) - Honda Motor Co (7267.T) said on Wednesday it will invest about $215 million in its Ohio manufacturing operations to add new powertrain technology and two training centers.

The Japanese automaker said about $180 million will be spent at its Anna, Ohio, engine plant to expand capabilities in aluminum die casting and engine parts production, as well as to add a training center for powertrains.

Honda also has started construction of a 160,000-square-foot building near its existing operations in Marysville, Ohio, that will house a training facility, office space and a heritage center highlighting the company's history in the state and country. The $35 million building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014, Honda said.

A company spokesman said the plans will create 10 jobs.

(Reporting by Ben Klayman in Detroit; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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