Honda Canada Celebrates 20 Years With Donation
Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM), through the Honda Canada Foundation, today announced a major $50,000 donation to the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) to build a new, accessible pathway in Riverdale Park, Alliston’s premier community park, to commemorate two significant production milestones. 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.
“We appreciate HCM’s contribution and commitment to continually improving our community. The addition of an accessible pathway will increase everyone’s enjoyment of Riverdale Park,” said New Tecumseth Mayor Rick Milne.
“Riverdale Park plays an important recreational role in New Tecumseth,” said Doug Hevenor, Chief Administrative Officer of the NVCA. “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 associate 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 important 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 produces 1,690 vehicles and 1,000 engines daily. Our 4,200 associates are proud to build two of Canada’s favourite models: the Civic, Canada’s best-selling passenger car for 20 consecutive years and the CR-V. 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,” said 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.”