Jobs in Automaking: How Foreign Plants Are Booming

While line workers at the nine GM plants scheduled to shut down ponder their uncertain future, the mood at Honda's two assembly plants in Ohio is full of hope. The Japanese company is in expansion mode in the U.S., with the Ohio plants and a third in Alabama ramping up production. Honda is spending $123 million to replace the paint shop at the Marysville, Ohio, plant and another $89 million to expand its nearby parts-distribution center. The East Liberty plant recently launched the stylish new Honda Civic, which last week was named Motor Trend's Car of the Year for 2006. "When...

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