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Automotive Manufacturing in the Columbus Region

The Columbus Region, winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation's $50 million Smart City Challenge, is at the forefront of automotive technology and advanced mobility. Region manufacturers produce 700,000 cars a year, while the regional economic output for the economic industry exceeds $1.4 billion annually.

Excellent air cargo, highway and rail connections accelerate the movement of motor vehicles and parts between manufacturers, suppliers and consumer markets.

Automotive manufacturing operations further benefit from local research institutions with world-class capabilities including: Transportation Research Center, the largest independent vehicle test facility and proving grounds in the U.S.; the Center for Automotive Research, an interdisciplinary research center in The Ohio State University's College of Engineering; and EWI, a leading engineering and technology organization in North America.

High-Performance Talent

Nearly 18,000 employees are part of a robust manufacturing workforce that is highly-skilled and highly-motivated. The Region’s automotive share of employment is four times greater than the U.S. average and has grown 10 percent between 2011 and 2014.

Honda's North American Hub

More than a third of Honda's North American light vehicle production comes from the Marysville Auto Plant and East Liberty Auto Plant in the Columbus Region:
  • Marysville: 4 million square foot plant producing Honda Accord, Acura TLX and Acura ILX for customers in more than 100 countries
  • Marysville: Performance Manufacturing Center (seen below) producing the new Acura NSX supercar
  • East Liberty: producing Honda CR-V, Acura RDX and Acura MDX, making it one of Honda's most versatile operations

Honda Performance Manufacturing Center

More than 150 of Honda's 700 North American parts suppliers are located in Ohio and account for more than a third of Honda's supplier purchases.

Network of Hundreds of Suppliers

Automotive suppliers are located throughout the Columbus Region to strike a balance between proximity to Honda and access to alternative labor sheds.

The Region's passenger vehicle tier 1 suppliers are growing companies across the entire automotive supply chain—from body frame component manufacturer G-Tekt, which recently opened a state-of-the-art facility for a new hot stamping product, to lighting systems manufacturer Stanley Electric, which invested $82 million to build a second facility in the Region that makes the company's Ohio operations "a global center of excellence for the industry."

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To better understand the trends behind the automotive industry, regionally and globally, Columbus 2020 has collected and analyzed a variety of industry, employment and business data.

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