SWEPSONVILLE, N.C. -- The Honda plant in Swepsonville is celebrating its 30th birthday and, as a reward, Honda Corporate announced an $8.5 million gift to the facility.
"It's a great honor," says JR Cunningham, a senior manager at the Swepsonville plant. "We've got a great workforce here. The reputation of our company is extraordinary."
Honda officials say the monetary investment will also mean more jobs created at the plant. Right now, it employs just over 600 workers. Honda says it hasn't yet determined how many more positions it'll add.
Honda Corporate also had another announcement -- that the Swepsonville plant will become the first one in North America to start making generators.
Workers like John Thomas Currie, who has been at the Swepsonville branch for 25 years, says it demonstrates the faith that corporate has in their operations.
"Honda Power Equipment -- we're striving to be the best in the world," he said.