Honda of Canada Mfg. donates $50K to construction of Ontario pathway

Friday September 28, 2018
Written by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
September 28, 2018 - Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) has made a $50,000 donation through the Honda Canada Foundation to the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) to build a new, accessible pathway in Riverdale Park in Alliston, Ontario.

The pathway will commemorate two significant production milestones for the company. Working in collaboration with the NVCA, the Town of New Tecumseth, the Rotary Club of Alliston and the Alliston BIA, construction of the new trail will commence in the spring of 2019.

“Riverdale Park plays an important recreational role in New Tecumseth,” says Doug Hevenor, chief administrative officer of the NVCA, which is a public agency dedicated to preserving the environment across Simcoe, Dufferin and Grey, Ontario. “As the landowner, the NVCA is privileged to partner with Honda of Canada Mfg. on this important trail project that will enhance access throughout this wonderful greenspace.”

Throughout the week, HCM hosted several events to celebrate 20 years of production at its Plant 2 frame plant and 10 years of production at its Engine Plant. Opened in 1998, HCM’s Plant 2 provided Honda the opportunity to add new nameplates to its product offering including its first entries into the minivan (Odyssey), SUV (MDX, Pilot) and light truck (Ridgeline) segments.

In 2008, the addition of an engine plant boosted productivity and flexibility. As the first Japanese automaker to build a manufacturing plant in Canada in 1986, these key investments in additional plants have allowed HCM to grow and innovate over its 32-year manufacturing history in Canada.

From eight cars a day in 1986, HCM now has 4,200 associates and produces 1,690 vehicles and 1,000 engines daily. To date, more than eight million vehicles have been built at HCM.

“We are incredibly proud of how HCM has evolved over the years to meet the needs of both our associates and our customers,” says Bill Easdale, senior vice-president of Honda of Canada Mfg. and vice-chair of the Honda Canada Foundation. “Our contribution today is our way of thanking our community for their ongoing support and partnership. We are excited to be a part of a project that will provide everyone in the community with more access to enjoy the amazing parkland along the Boyne River.”

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