Honda: The Global Company That Thinks LocallyMay 29th, 2015
Exciting Times in Alliston
This past November, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was at the Alliston Plant to announce the province’s support for Honda’s $857-million Ontario investment. These millions of dollars are going towards an efficiency effort that will help prepare the HCM (Honda Canada Manufacturing) become the “Global Lead Plant” for the next generation Civic. The world will now be looking to Ontario for direction on the proper way to build a Civic. This is quite the feather in HCM’s cap since this is the first time a lead plant has ever been located outside of Japan.
A few months later it was Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s turn to visit Alliston to congratulate them on the 7,000,000 vehicle to roll off the line and announce that the next generation CR-V will be built in Alliston and exported to the European market for the first time. He said, “In years to come, from this plant, cars built right here in Canada by a Japanese company will then be exported virtually tariff-free to Europe, one of the worlds wealthiest markets.”
It was 1986 when Honda opened it’s first manufacturing plant in Alliston Ontario and the first Honda built in Canada rolled off the line. Since then they’ve built such award winning Honda’s as the Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline and won multiple quality awards along the way. Canadian workers were starting to get a reputation. Folks were waking up to the fact that a Canadian plant could produce the same reliability ratings as cars coming out of Japan.
There’s now 450 acres of commitment and energy just outside of Barrie Ontario with over 4,300 employees building the Civic and now the CR-V. One of Honda’s primary goals is to be valued in the communities where we live, work and play. Honda associates have use of their own NHL-sized hockey arena, physical fitness areas, a baseball diamond, volleyball and tennis courts.
Honda’s continued commitment to the local area also resulted in the lofty goal to send ZERO waste to land fills. In 2001, when Honda began working on reducing waste, it was sending approx. 62.8 pounds of industrial waste to landfill for each vehicle produced. To get an accurate look at what trash they were making and what could be done with it, Honda had to start with ‘dumpster dives‘. “We literally had teams of people combing through dumpsters, sorting and analyzing what was in them in terms of volume and looking at various waste streams,” Frommer said. “That’s how you determine what is being wasted.”. Now the name of the game is recycle, reuse, re-purpose! Right down to the sand that comes out of the engine molds being re-purposed in the landscaping around the factory.
Thank You Canada.