October of 2008 was a pretty exciting time for our area. A little more than a year after breaking ground, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN) opened its doors in Greensburg and began mass production of the Honda Civic Sedan. Eventually adding the Honda Civic Natural Gas and the Acura ILX, this company keeps bringing positive attention to our community.
Limelight is definitely not the only thing HMIN brings to the table. Some of the most crucial additions to our district are the thousands of jobs integrated into our local economy. Contributing to our state-wide job creation is something to be proud of! In August, Indiana ranked 4th in the nation in manufacturing job growth and continues to have the highest percentage of manufacturing jobs as a portion of the private sector in the United States.
Since the low point of unemployment in July 2009, Indiana has added more than 60,000 manufacturing jobs, ranking 2nd in the nation. Companies like HMIN are the reason we continue to grow and expand. The doubling of HMIN’s workforce in 2011 added more than 1,000 jobs in our community, further illustrating our commitment to economic development. People from around the country are seeing expansion like this and are realizing that being a Hoosier has some definite advantages, highlighting our reputation as a state that works.
Just this past session the Legislature passed several bills designed to do one thing – grow jobs in Indiana. Increasing grant funding for employee training, opening doors for veterans to more easily use skills they acquired in the military and cutting taxes to keep businesses and individuals able to function effectively are just a few of the goals the General Assembly reached in 2013. Our pro-jobs outlook has made Indiana the fiscal envy of the nation; something HMIN has had a big part it – especially in our area.
Community outreach and support also seems to be a priority of HMIN. In September, a Human Resources representative from HMIN visited South Decatur High School to share her expertise and advice with a class. That little bit of encouragement and counsel could be enough to spark a student’s creativity or help them make a decision about their career move or higher education after high school.
In addition to local outreach, HMIN recently announced a major corporate partnership with the new Indy Eleven professional soccer team. Honda is now the official automobile of the Indy Eleven and will serve as the club’s jersey-front partner through 2016. This kind of partnership not only supports a great new athletic venture in Indiana, but also shows yet again the Honda commitment to Hoosier support.
The Indy Eleven President and General Manager Peter Wilt said recently in a news release that “The Honda name is synonymous with quality and reliability…” That is exactly the kind of reputation that HMIN brings to our little town of Greensburg, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have this company be a part of community or more thankful to them for all their contribution to our culture, job market and economy. Happy 5th Anniversary Greensburg Honda!
State Rep. Cindy Ziemke serves as Vice Chairman of the Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee. She also serves on the Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development Committee and the Select Committee on Government Reduction. Rep. Ziemke represents portions of Rush, Fayette, Franklin, Ripley and Decatur counties.