Once the car manufacturing center of the world, America’s Midwest has suffered from decades of contraction as domestic automakers lost market share. But an influx of Japanese car companies has brought many manufacturing jobs back to the Midwest. Honda recently announced that the Acura NSX hybrid supercar will be built in Ohio at a brand new facility.
The new 184,000 square-foot facility will be called the Performance Manufacturing Center, and will be located in Marysville, Ohio. The facility will cost $70 million to build, and will bring an additional 100 jobs to the area, joining two other Honda manufacturing plants in Ohio.
Production of the NSX, a V6-powered hybrid supercar making somewhere north of 400 horsepower, is slated to begin sometime in 2015. Honda and other Japanese automakers have been moving car production to America as a high Japanese yen makes the cost of importing cars increasingly expensive.
I for one am glad to have a hybrid supercar under production in America. With Tesla Motors making a name for itself and the Acura NSX beginning production soon, could America once again become the car manufacturing capital of the 21st century?