Aug. 12 2019 09:48 AM

Plant adds production of all-new Honda HRN lawn mower and new GCV engine.

Exterior of the Honda Power Equipment Mfg. entrance in Swepsonville, North Carolina

Honda Power Equipment Mfg. Inc. has announced a $46.4 million investment to expand its Swepsonville, North Carolina, plant’s manufacturing capabilities. The announcement comes on the company’s 35th anniversary of producing power equipment products in America. HPE also announced plans to begin production of an all-new Honda HRN lawn mower in September.

The new investment includes a production line for the new Honda GCV general-purpose engine and a 135,000 square feet plant expansion for parts storage.

“For more than 35 years, Honda associates in North Carolina have made high quality power equipment products that help make people’s lives better,” says Shane McCoy, senior vice president at HPE. “Our decision to invest in Honda’s Swepsonville plant fulfills Honda’s longstanding approach to build products close to the customer and demonstrates our strong commitment to North Carolina.”

Once all renovation is completed, this area will house the new engine line. Honda has invested a total of $350 million in the North Carolina facility.

HPE is one of Honda’s highest producing plants in the world with the annual capacity to produce more than two million Honda general-purpose engines and 500,000 finished products, including Honda lawn mowers, snow throwers, string trimmers, mini-tillers and generators.

Many Honda Power Equipment products, including the new HRN lawn mower, are developed by the Honda R&D Americas, Inc. Power Equipment Division at its North Carolina Center, located adjacent to Honda Power Equipment Manufacturing in Haw River, N.C.

To commemorate the 35th anniversary milestone, HPE made contributions to local community organizations, demonstrating its continued commitment to Alamance County. HPE donated $2,500 to the Alamance-Burlington School System and provided Honda EG2800i OFI generators to fire departments in Swepsonville, Mebane and Haw River and the Piedmont Triad chapter of the American Red Cross.