“We’ve never had a layoff in North America”


Honda is announcing production cuts in its North American plants, but no layoffs:

Honda now plans to produce 1.41 million vehicles in North America for its fiscal year ending March 31, down from 1.43 million in 2007.

Honda spokesman Ed Miller said reduce production of Odyssey minivans and Pilot SUVs by 12,000 units at its plant in Alabama where the Odyssey minivan and Pilot SUVs are made, and where Ridgeline pickup production will begin in early 2009, will be reduced by 12,000 units.

Honda also plans to reduce production by 6,000 at its plants in Marysville and East Liberty Ohio. Honda had already cut back its planned production by 32,000 units for the year.

Miller said Honda does not plan to lay off any workers. Affected workers, he said, have three options: Go to work and receive pay for non-production related work, take vacation time or take unpaid time off.

“We’ve never had a layoff in North America,” Miller said.

Amazing what can happen when a company is properly managed.


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