Honda South Carolina kicks off production of 2014 Pioneer

TIMMONSVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- Honda South Carolina kicked off the start of its production of the 2014 Pioneer at the company's Timmonsville facility on Friday. Gov. Nikki Haley was on hand the celebrate the launch.

Honda is investing $27 million in the South Carolina plant over the next four years and has plans to add 65 jobs for what Honda is calling its next generation side-by-side manufacturing process.

"We congratulate Honda of South Carolina in their new Honda side-by-side production accomplishment," said Gov. Nikki Haley.{} "We are also excited that Honda has chosen to create more jobs in Timmonsville and bring a more than $27 million investment opportunity to the state of South Carolina. When a world-class company like Honda increases its footprint in the Pee Dee region, it shows that South Carolina is a great place to do business."

Officials pointed out the vehicle is being built in South Carolina, but it was also designed and engineers in the U.S.

"Today, we celebrate a new South Carolina-made vehicle, powered by the passion and the pride of all Honda associates who are committed to exceeding the expectations of our Honda Powersports customers," said Brian Newman, president of HSC.

The Timmonsville plant is a 535,000-square-foot facility that employs 650 people with a $300-million investment impact, officials said. The South Carolina facility has produced nine ATV models since its open in 1998.

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