Honda may not be completely ready just yet to return 2012 Civic production levels back to normal, but the automaker bracing itself for increased demand for its compact car. Although Civic production will stay at 50-percent capacity through this fall (at the earliest), Honda is working on adding a second shift to its plant in Greensburg, Indiana, where the Civic is built.
Honda will double its workforce at the Indiana plant with the hiring of 1000 new employees by the end of the year to add a second shift to the plant’s capacity. Since opening in 2008, the Greensburg plant has only run one shift, but when a second shift is added, the plant will have the ability to build 200,000 Civics annually. Honda has seen increased demand for its compact Civic lineup, which was already its second-best seller after the Accord. With demand for the new 2012 model up 17 percent, the company hopes to be able to satisfy consumer demand.
Production had been slowed on the 2012 Civic due to supply-chain shortages, which stemmed from the March disaster. Roughly 95 percent of all Civics sold in North America are made at either the Greensburg plant, or at Honda’s facility in Alliston, Ontario, Canada.
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