Honda associates and guests celebrated the 20th anniversary of production at Honda of South Carolina Manufacturing, Inc., which makes all-terrain vehicles and side-by-side vehicles for North American and global markets.
HSC also marked the completion of a $45 million expansion project announced in 2016, and the production of its 3 millionth ATV since manufacturing began in July 1998.
“Today’s milestone is a tribute to the outstanding Honda associates here in South Carolina who are committed to making quality products for our customers every day,” said Gary Mabrey, president of HSC. “Their skills, knowledge, creativity, talent and dedication have made HSC a success over the last 20 years.”
As part of the $45 million expansion project announced in 2016, Honda added an additional 115,000 square feet to the plant and 250 more jobs to meet strong SxS demand. The project added new weld equipment, new buildings and expansions at the plant to improve production efficiency and a new paint line to enhance quality and color variations. The plant also added automated guided carriers and lift assist devices to support quality, logistics, safety and ergonomic improvements for associates.
Since it was established in July 1998, HSC employment has grown from 200 to almost 1,000 associates, and the plant has quadrupled in size.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary milestone, HSC made contributions to four local organizations which help make the Timmonsville area a great community to live and work.
The Florence School District Four received $20,000 for their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math lab; the city of Timmonsville received $10,000 to support a green space initiative; and the Florence County Library received $10,000 to support the Timmonsville branch. In addition to the three monetary donations, HSC donated a TRX420 Rancher ATV to the Sardis-Timmonsville Fire Department.
“These organizations share our belief and commitment in helping make society a better place and it is an honor for Honda to support them,” Mabrey said. “We know these organizations will use the contributions from Honda to provide services and educational opportunities for the community.”