Honda Expands South Carolina Factory for Added Side-By-Side UTV ProductionPosted in News on August 26, 2016
To meet growing demand for its Pioneer side-by-side UTV lineup, Honda announced it would expand its factory in South Carolina to the tune of $45 million. Honda of South Carolina Mfg., Inc. (HSC) will also add 250 jobs to its workforce thanks to the expansion.
The Timmonsvile plant is the world’s exclusive Honda Pioneer facility, building side-by-sides for all global markets, including the U.S. The Honda Pioneer, while not as sporty as the Can-Am Maverick X3 or Yamaha YXZ100R, is nevertheless an impressive utility side-by-side. In fact, the Pioneer 1000 features the industry’s first six-speed dual-clutch automated transmission, a vestige from Honda’s impressive engineering résumé. The biggest Pioneer is also available with two bed-mounted flip-up rear jump seats, bringing available seating capacity to five (but precluding almost any cargo-hauling). Unlike the Polaris Ranger, the Pioneer is only available in a short-wheelbase configuration, at least for now.
HSC was incorporated in 1997 as Honda’s North American production facility for its ATVs. The first Honda ATV rolled off the factory floor on July 1, 1998, and total production for the year was 50,000 units. Today, the plant produces more than 300,000 ATVs and side-by-sides, along with 310,000 small engines.
Source: Honda of South Carolina Mfg., Inc.