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Honda Honors Top Power Equipment Suppliers

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Honda honored 33 power equipment suppliers for excellence in supplying parts and materials at the 2018 Honda Power Equipment Supplier Conference in Greensboro, N.C., attended by representatives from 87 companies.

Honda Power Equipment (HPE) purchased more than $265 million in parts and materials from 170 OEM suppliers in 2017, supporting sales of more than 3 million Honda power equipment products in North America. HPE produces lawnmowers, mini-tillers, snow throwers, string trimmers, water pumps, general-purpose engines and generators in Swepsonville, N.C.

"Our ability to create high quality and award-winning Honda power equipment products that bring joy to our customers is the direct result of our collaborative work with our suppliers," said Mike Neal, division manager of purchasing at Honda Power Equipment. "We value our suppliers and the role they play in bringing new ideas and value to our business."

Honda honored 33 suppliers for outstanding achievement in the categories of quality and on-time delivery. One supplier, Celina Aluminum Precision Technology Inc. in Celina, Ohio, earned the President's Award for exhibiting superior performance across all of Honda's key business characteristics.

Honda Manufacturing in the U.S.

Honda has one of the largest and most diverse U.S. manufacturing footprints of any international company operating in America. Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 12 major U.S. manufacturing facilities, employing more than 20,000 associates in the production of Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda power equipment products, Honda powersports products, the HondaJet advanced light jet and GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines.

In 2017, Honda produced 1.2 million automobiles in the United States, and 65 percent of all Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were made locally, using domestic and globally sourced parts. 

Cumulatively, Honda has invested more than $20 billion in its U.S. sales, manufacturing and R&D operations, including more than $4 billion in new manufacturing investment over the past four years.

2018 Honda Power Equipment Supplier Awards

To be considered for a ‘President's Award' a supplier must have superior performance across all of Honda's key business characteristics.

Celina Aluminum Precision Technology Inc. - Celina, Ohio

These suppliers demonstrated excellence in both quality and delivery performance.

Weastec, Inc. - Hillsboro, Ohio
Dexter Fastener Technologies, Inc. - Dexter, Mich.
Unytite, Inc. - Peru, Ill.
TPR America, Inc. - Schaumburg, Ill.

These suppliers performed at the top of their category to provide us with parts with world class quality. 

Metal Technologies - Auburn, Ind.
Newman Technology South Carolina, INC. - Aiken, S.C.
Murotech Ohio Corporation – St. Marys, Ohio
NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.), Inc. - Wixom, Mich.
Hayakawa Electronics America, Inc. - Oxford, Miss.
Slidematic Precision Components, Inc. - Rockford, Ill.
Standard Horse Nail Corporation - New Brighton, Pa.
Symmco Inc. - Sykesville, Pa.
Ashley Ward - Mason, Ohio
Avon Automotive - Cadillac, Mich.
Burgess Norton Manufacturing Company - Geneva, Ill.
NSK Corporation - Ann Arbor, Mich.
NTN Bearing Corporation of America - Mount Prospect, Ill.
Kyodo America Industries Co., LTD. - Lawrenceville, Ga.
Idemitsu Lubricants America Corporation - Jeffersonville, Ind.

The performance of these suppliers place them at the top of their category for delivery performance.

Keihin Indiana Precision Technology Inc. - Greenfield, Ind.
Chongqing Meixin Yishen Machinery Manufacturing Co., Ltd. - China
Keihin North America, Inc. - Anderson, Ind.
Global Sales Group, Inc. - Easley, S.C.
Ultra Tool & Manufacturing, Inc. - Germantown, Wis.
American Tool & Die, Inc. - Swansea, S.C.
Iwata Bolt USA Inc. - Fairfield, Ohio
Key Fasteners Corporation - Berne, Ind.
Pemmco Manufacturing, Inc. - Asheboro, N.C.
Injection Technology Corporation - Arden, N.C.
Timken SMO LLC - Springfield, Mo.
Spiros Industries - West Bend, Wis.
Industrial Packaging Supplies Inc. - Fountain Inn, S.C.

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Roczen Fourth Overall at High Point National

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Coming off the season's first break and his first full week of solid training at home in Florida, Team Honda HRC's Ken Roczen was eager to return to action at Pennsylvania's High Point Raceway for round four of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Although a crash thwarted his efforts at scoring another podium finish, the German and his team were pleased to walk away with fourth overall via 7-3 scores.

In moto 1, Roczen got a solid jump out of the gate but was involved in a large first-turn incident that left him and his CRF450R at the bottom of a pileup. He remounted in nearly last and began an impressive come-from-behind ride, advancing from 31st at the completion of the opening lap to seventh by the checkered flag. When the gate dropped for the second moto, Roczen was looking for redemption, rocketing down the start straight with the holeshot. On lap two, he made a mistake and lost a position. He tried to stay within striking distance of the leader while also fending off the advances from behind, but he eventually slipped to third, which is where he remained until the finish.


  • The program for the High Point National differed from the previous three rounds, with the 450MX class scheduled to run first in practice and the motos.
  • During the morning's qualifying practice, Roczen spent much of the first session learning and getting comfortable with the new track layout, as he hadn't raced at High Point since 2016. He found his stride in the second session, scoring the fifth-fastest time with a 1'59.248" lap.
  • While battling for the lead in moto 2, Roczen laid down his fastest lap of the day and the second-fastest lap of the race, at 1'56.221".
  • While his squad was in Pennsylvania for High Point, recovering Team Honda HRC rider Cole Seely spent his weekend in Spain for the seventh round of MotoGP, at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. While at the race, Seely got the opportunity to spend time inside the Repsol Honda team garage and meet reigning World Champion and supercross enthusiast Marc Marquez. "It was a pretty last-minute decision to go to the race," Seely said, "but with Adam [Cianciarulo] and me both hurt, we decided, Why not? We've both been wanting to go to a MotoGP in Europe, so now is the perfect time. He got us passes, and the team got me set up with Repsol Honda, so it was awesome."
  • Having torn his ACL on May 26 in the first moto at Glen Helen while filling in on Team Honda HRC, Christian Craig underwent successful surgery on June 6 and has begun his road to recovery. "Everything went great," Craig reported. "I spent the first week icing nonstop, elevating, and going to physical therapy with Dr. G [H. Rey Gubernick]. I'm hoping to get healed up and try riding sometime in October. I could've taken the easy way out and not had the surgery so I could race, but I wanted to do the smart thing. Both the HRC and GEICO Honda teams agreed that this was the best thing to do. I'm happy everyone around me always has my best interests at heart and isn't pressuring me to just be on the track. Being on the couch definitely isn't fun, and I'm missing being at the races with the whole team." Craig is spending time with his family in Minnesota for a couple of months, and will start physical therapy today (Monday). His wife Paige is scheduled to have their second baby in about a month.
  • It was a long race day for Roczen's mechanic, Oscar Wirdeman, as he traveled from California to Pennsylvania on a Friday-night flight, arriving at the High Point track minutes before the day's first qualifying practice. "We sacrifice a lot for this job in terms of missing out on some things with our families, but it was important to me that I got to spend time with my daughter at her kindergarten graduation and dance recital," Wirdeman explained. "Luckily, I found a red-eye flight that would get me to the race in time, and Rich [Simmons] was open to coming in early and filling in for me on Friday. Now that the day's over, I could really use some sleep!"
  • With his High Point performance, Roczen moved up one position in the championship standings, to fourth, with 131 points (just nine behind third), with 16 motos remaining in the season.
  • Despite a tough first moto, it was still an exciting day for Team Honda HRC's Toshiki Tomita, as he bounced back in the day's second race to secure his career-best moto finish of 11th en route to his best overall finish of 14th.
  • The Honda Red Riders will return to action on June 23 for round 5 at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tennessee. On Friday prior to the race, Roczen and the GEICO Honda squad will sign autographs at Atlas Motorsports in Bristol, beginning at 6 p.m.


Ken Roczen
"I kind of struggled with the track, especially in practice. I wasn't really gelling with the new layout. As always though, I went to the first start confident. I got a decent jump, but there was a big pileup in the first turn that I was involved with. I got run over, had bikes on top of me, and was basically at the bottom of the pile. Luckily nothing was hurt or wrong with the bike, so I just had to come from behind and made my way up to seventh. After the first moto, I came back in and just tried to get as much rest as possible before the second race. I told Oscar [Wirdeman] that I was going to get the holeshot and I did, so I was pretty stoked about that. I tried to run up front as long as possible, but I didn't have it today and faded. I still finished third, which is good. I have to be okay with it, even though I'm a little bummed. The first start crash could've been worse, and I'm happy I was able to bounce back in the second race with a good start and be up front for a bit. I'm happy with fourth overall."  

Erik Kehoe: Team Manager
"Overall, today went pretty well considering how the first moto started. Ken is continuing to build and make progress each weekend, so we're still on track. He delivered a solid result, is now fourth in points, and is leaving healthy, which is the number-one goal. We're going to continue fine-tuning the bike while Ken works on himself and his hand, and we'll come into Tennessee strong."

Oscar Wirdeman: Mechanic (Ken Roczen)
"Practice today was normal; we're always a little off because Ken's definitely more a racer than a qualifier. Then he had a pretty big start crash in the first moto and that kind of ruined the overall result, but he was still able to work his way back up into the top 10. I don't know how, but the bike was actually pretty good after the crash. We had everything prepped and ready to change anything that was bent or tweaked between motos, but we didn't have to use any of it. For the second moto, we just made a few adjustments to the shock to work better in the sticky and rutted conditions."

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450MX Results
1) Eli Tomac (2-1)
2) Marvin Musquin (1-2)
3) Justin Barcia (3-5)
4) Ken Roczen (7-4)
5) Justin Hill (4-5)
6) Weston Peick (9-4)
7) Blake Baggett (5-7)
8) Benny Bloss (6-8)
9) Cody Cooper (8-10)
10) Kyle Cunningham (10-12)

450MX Championship Points (after 4 of 12 rounds)
1) Eli Tomac 197
2) Marvin Musquin 169
3) Justin Barcia 140
4) Ken Roczen 131
5) Blake Baggett 130
6) Weston Peick 118
7) Benny Bloss 101
8) Phil Nicoletti 92
9) Jason Anderson 73
10) Cody Cooper 69


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Honda Rearview Report: June 2 - June 15, 2018

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“It takes teamwork to create, build and deliver new Honda and Acura products to our customers. Our 3rd annual Team Honda Week of Service is demonstrating that this same spirit can make important contributions to the community, with more than 22,000 volunteers from Honda operations, our dealers and suppliers completing a record 560 community service projects across North America.

This activity is timed to coincide with Honda’s “Founder's Day", marking the anniversary of the establishment of our first Honda business operation in North America, June 11, 1959, because we owe our success to our customers and to the communities where we live and work.

Whether donating blood for people or supplies for shelter animals, refurbishing homes or parks, collecting food or serving meals, providing school supplies for needy children or outdoor cleanup for senior citizens, we are humbled to support the important work of local community organizations throughout the region.

Our founder, Soichiro Honda, taught us that the simple purpose of our products and business operations is to help others and make their lives better. We are incredibly proud of our Team Honda volunteers for giving their time to make this possible in new and powerful ways. Thank you." 

Rick Schostek
Executive Vice President
Honda North America, Inc.

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Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles Set All-Time Monthly Sales Record

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Honda Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicles set an all-time monthly sales record in May, with sales of 26,192 certified pre-owned vehicles, topping the previous sales high of 25,139 vehicles in August 2013. 

The Honda Certified Pre-Owned program was recently named one of Autotrader's "10-Best Non-luxury CPO Programs for 2018" based on multiple factors including powertrain warranty length, available inventory, bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage, deductible amount and transferability to future owners.

Honda CPO sales have been on the rise since last year with the help of the redesigned Honda CPO vehicle website (, which created a more efficient shopping experience. Attractive offers on three of Honda's core vehicles, Odyssey, CR-V and Pilot, also drove increased traffic to Honda dealerships nationwide, contributing to the record sales month in May.

"We're excited to see a more customer-friendly Honda Certified Pre-Owned vehicle program contribute to the success of Honda dealers," said Dan Rodriguez, Manager of Auto Remarketing, Certified Pre-Owned at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "We will continue our momentum this summer with our Certified Dream Deal event, and special deals on the certified pre-owned Accord and Odyssey."

Honda CPO just launched the Certified Dream Deal, its summer deal event offering a 1.49% APR for up to 36 months on all Honda Certified Pre-Owned Accord and Odyssey vehicles. More information can be found on

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2017 more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Honda honored 21 suppliers that provide indirect products and services to five Honda manufacturing plants in Ohio and Indiana and corporate operations at Honda North America, Inc. during its annual Honda Indirect Procurement Supplier Conference.

Honda honored 21 suppliers that provide indirect products and services to five Honda manufacturing plants in Ohio and Indiana and corporate operations at Honda North America, Inc. during its annual Honda Indirect Procurement Supplier Conference.
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