Jim Motavalli, reports that approximately 80 percent of the vehicle parts used in Honda's U.S. lineup are made in America, at some of the cleanest facilities that exist. Clean, as in spic-and-span clean, as well as in the sense that not a moment of time or parcel of land is wasted. And, if you've ever listened to Car Talk, you know Motavalli is not full of hot air.
In his recent visit to the Honda plant in Marysville, Ohio, Motavalli witnessed, first hand, the company's tireless efforts to strategically optimize the use of resources and minimize waste. From the manufacturing process to the land surrounding the 3.6-million-square-foot facility- every second and scrap is deemed an asset.
Motavalli explains part of what he saw in the production department, "In coordinated movements they could teach to ballet students as choreography, the Accords Appear at exactly the same time as their four doors...If it appears that there are no wasted movements, that's because Honda is relentless at eliminating them. Leftover steel pieces from those big coils of steel go back to suppliers so they can punch out small parts."1
Tameron Honda would like to note that the Honda's tireless efforts are not always driven by the end reward of cost savings, either. Ron Lietzke, Honda manufacturing spokesman in Ohio, divulged to Motavalli that often times, it would actually be less expensive for the Japanese automaker simply to hire trucks to come take away all of their refuse.
So, why then do they strive to eliminate waste? Because, they feel it's the right thing. And, while it might not save Honda money, it will help them achieve their lofty efficiency and environmental goals...something Tameron Honda feels is most laudable.
Fueled by the same waste-not-want-not philosophy that drives their artful time management, Honda is also proactive about reducing potential resources. Ten Honda facilities across the globe are distinguished as zero-waste facilities. Beyond waste and excess materials, this expands to the acreage on which their facility sits. In Ohio, Honda grows soybeans. They are, in fact, the leading exported of food-grade soybeans statewide. Food for thought, the next time you're sitting down to enjoy a nice bowl of edamame.
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