TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. - Honda celebrated today the start of U.S. production of its new two-passenger and four-passenger Pioneer side-by-sides, which will hit the market in August and September, respectively, as 2014 models.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley joined more than 900 associates and guests at Honda of South Carolina Mfg. (HSC) to witness the production startup.
HSC is investing $27 million in the Timmonsville plant over the next four years and has added more than 65 new jobs for side-by-side production, which HSC is manufacturing for the first time.
“Today, we celebrate a new South Carolina-made vehicle, powered by the passion and the pride of all Honda associates who are committed to exceeding the expectations of our Honda Powersports customers,” said Brian Newman, president of HSC.
Newman pointed out that Honda’s U.S R&D operations designed and engineered the Pioneer.
In addition to the production startup, HSC is celebrating its 15th anniversary (July 1) of producing Honda powersports products. To commemorate this milestone, HSC is donating $100,000 to Francis Marion University to assist in the development of a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Program, which will begin in the spring of 2014.
HSC began production of ATVs in July 1998 with a workforce of about 200 associates. The initial $30 million, 200,000 sq. ft. ATV factory was the beginning of Honda of South Carolina’s growth in Florence County. In fall 2000, operations expanded to add engine production to the plant. Now, a 535,000 sq. ft. facility employing 650 associates with a cumulative investment of $308 million, HSC has produced nine different ATV models since its start in 1998, including the FourTrax and SporTrax series, and seven different engines. (continued)