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  • Nov 19, 2020


On November 12th Honda of South Carolina Mfg. (HSC) produced its 300,000th side-by-side vehicle, a Pioneer 1000 Deluxe five-seat model. “Production of the 300,000th Honda side-by-side is an important milestone for HSC, as it demonstrates our ability to leverage Honda’s international knowhow and expertise to produce high-quality powersports products in the U.S.,” said Chad Hensley, HSC Vice President. 

“Although Honda was founded in Japan, we’ve been a leader in incorporating American facilities and associates into our vehicle design and production operations,” adds Hensley. “HSC’s side-by-side production operations are a great example of that, and we look forward to producing many more powersports products here.”

HSC was established in 1998 as an ATV production plant, and multipurpose side-by-side production started in 2013, with the Pioneer 700. Production of the Pioneer 500 followed in 2014 and the Pioneer 1000 in 2015, with Talon sport side-by-sides beginning production in 2018… you may remember the Dealernews tour of Timmonsville that year.

Since our visit, the plant completed a $45 million upgrade, which included a 115,000 square-foot expansion, with a new weld area, paint line, automated guided carriers, lift-assist devices and improved production efficiency. The project also added 250 new jobs, bringing current total HSC employment to 1,400 associates.

In 1979, Honda became the first Japanese company to manufacture motorcycles in the U.S. (CR250M Elsinore), in Marysville, Ohio, and in 1982 it became the first Japanese auto company to manufacture cars in the U.S. (Accord), also in Marysville. We also hit the Marysville plant and the Honda Heritage Center when the Africa Twin was introduced. 

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