Honda plant grows but no dramatic community impact

Associated Press

Greensburg, Ind. – Economists say no single community has been dramatically transformed by a southeastern Indiana Honda factory, despite soaring production numbers since the assembly plant opened a decade ago.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that the Greensburg factory emerged in 2008 and is now making two of the country’s best-selling vehicles. The plant can also produce about 250,000 vehicles a year and employs 2,400 people.

But Ball State University economist Michael Hicks says the factory hasn’t had as much impact on Greensburg and Decatur County as casual observers might expect.

Hicks says the lack of change in Greensburg is because the city isn’t large enough to supply Honda’s labor needs, and the community doesn’t have the amenities to attract large numbers of people to move there.