Honda of South Carolina Manufacturing says it will expand a Florence County facility that makes all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, creating an anticipated 250 new jobs the next few years.
The company announced plans on Thursday to invest $45 million on an expansion of its plant in Timmonsville. The facility manufactures ATVs and SxS vehicles for Honda in the region. The company said it plans to add 115,000 square feet to the plant by late 2019 to allow for increased production of the side-by-side vehicles.
“This investment and plant expansion reaffirms our commitment to our customers, the State of South Carolina, and our local communities,” President Gary Mabrey said in a statement.
Honda said the Timmonsville plant has produced more than three million products since it opened its doors in 1998.
Florence County Economic Development Partnership executive director Joe King said the news is huge for the Pee Dee region. “There’s a lot more glamour to bring in a new company and have the ribboncutting, groundbreaking, and all the political dignitaries there,” he told South Carolina Radio Network. “But we work just as hard to grow what we already have.”
The state Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development tax credits related to the project. Hiring for the new positions has already begun, the company says.
Honda announced a $42 million investment last year as it added two new product lines – the Pioneer 1000 and Pioneer 1000-5. The company says its latest project announced Thursday will allow it to grow its facility by approximately 115,000 square-feet in order to meet increased customer demand for side-by-side production.