Honda changes plans on use of former ...

Honda changes plans on use of former motorcycle plant

There are 13 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Aug 5, 2009, titled Honda changes plans on use of former motorcycle plant. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Honda will use its former motorcycle plant in Marysville as a staging area for parts assembly, operated by an outside company.

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average_guy

Powell, OH

#1 Aug 5, 2009
Honda actually still has to apply the free enterprise system to compete instead of sitting around waiting for more of our tax dollars like GM and Chrysler. A non-government subsidized automobile is the only kind I'll EVER buy.
Joe

Columbus, OH

#2 Aug 5, 2009
average_guy wrote:
Honda actually still has to apply the free enterprise system to compete instead of sitting around waiting for more of our tax dollars like GM and Chrysler. A non-government subsidized automobile is the only kind I'll EVER buy.
Right on, brother. Non union as well.
Bill

Powell, OH

#3 Aug 5, 2009
Apparently you guys have paid close attention to the fact that Honda has been subsidized by both local and state government from before the day they opened. They were given land that was taken by eminent domain and have avoided paying taxes to local schools for over 25 years.
Breezy

Loveland, OH

#4 Aug 5, 2009
Gee, you mean lower taxes encourages business? What an idea!
Marie

Canal Winchester, OH

#5 Aug 5, 2009
Honda closed their Motorcycle Plant. How many thousands of Honda full-time workers did they fire? Virtually none; while some were offered early retirement the rest were given opportunities at Marysville, East Liberty or Anna plants. Honda is taking care of its employees, they pay a good wage...all without a union or gov't handouts. Imagine that.

I don't know about not paying taxes to local schools, but what's the tax base for the Honda Marysville Plant? How much of their paychecks do employees contribute to Marysville's economy? How many residents live and work in Marysville, and support Marysville businesses? What's the unemployment rate in comparable towns without a Honda Plant? Maybe before you spout off you should ask the city of Marysville what they'd rather have.
kwaljalein-Marys ville

Columbus, OH

#6 Aug 6, 2009
I'm sure the Marysville Exempt School District will love this! I wonder how they'll tax this one ? They do have a tendency to tax businesses right out business, while they sit on empty buildings not drawing property tax.
kwaljalein-Marys ville

Columbus, OH

#7 Aug 6, 2009
Marie wrote:
Honda closed their Motorcycle Plant. How many thousands of Honda full-time workers did they fire? Virtually none; while some were offered early retirement the rest were given opportunities at Marysville, East Liberty or Anna plants. Honda is taking care of its employees, they pay a good wage...all without a union or gov't handouts. Imagine that.
I don't know about not paying taxes to local schools, but what's the tax base for the Honda Marysville Plant? How much of their paychecks do employees contribute to Marysville's economy? How many residents live and work in Marysville, and support Marysville businesses? What's the unemployment rate in comparable towns without a Honda Plant? Maybe before you spout off you should ask the city of Marysville what they'd rather have.
This is so true!
kwaljalein-Marys ville

Columbus, OH

#8 Aug 6, 2009
This so true! Yet the none of the Union County government agencies drive Honda products! They do buy Scott's products, ahem I wonder why?
Bill

Powell, OH

#9 Aug 6, 2009
Marie wrote:
Honda closed their Motorcycle Plant. How many thousands of Honda full-time workers did they fire? Virtually none; while some were offered early retirement the rest were given opportunities at Marysville, East Liberty or Anna plants. Honda is taking care of its employees, they pay a good wage...all without a union or gov't handouts. Imagine that.
I don't know about not paying taxes to local schools, but what's the tax base for the Honda Marysville Plant? How much of their paychecks do employees contribute to Marysville's economy? How many residents live and work in Marysville, and support Marysville businesses? What's the unemployment rate in comparable towns without a Honda Plant? Maybe before you spout off you should ask the city of Marysville what they'd rather have.
Most workers don't pay because most don't live in the school district. Schools are funded primarily through property tax. Those who don't own homes in the area don't support the school. Honda has been exempt from nearly all those taxes from day one. Honda was given the land they are on by the state government as it had been taken from private owners for the TRC.

The production from the plant is considered a "free trade zone" so they avoid those taxes too since the cars are stored in these fenced=in areas that may as well be in Mexico.

No, Honda does not pay its way, fights any worker organizers viciously and has been given huge government handouts.
Greg

Columbus, OH

#10 Aug 6, 2009
I will admit, that at times, it appears that unions have lost touch with reality, as have politicians. Remember, what I once read that 'If you like 40 hour, 5 day work weeks, then you can thank a union'. Workers did not get those conditions because empoloyers were kind hearted. Remember the 1900-1920's, when steel makers, coal mines, and railroad abused their workers, at times calling in police when workers would strike for better pay and work conditions. However, Honda Motor Company is to be congratulated, but remember, they also follow free enterprise by contracting assembly work to other companies, that pay lower wages, for essential performing auto assembly work.
Topper

Columbus, OH

#11 Aug 6, 2009
And the quality of the cars......
Honda is much better built than the union american cars.......

But it's not just about the union....Honda Executives are held accountable.......
And suggestions from line workers are seriously considered, rewards are offered for those that prove effective.....
Topper

Columbus, OH

#12 Aug 6, 2009
kwaljalein-Marysville wrote:
I'm sure the Marysville Exempt School District will love this! I wonder how they'll tax this one ? They do have a tendency to tax businesses right out business, while they sit on empty buildings not drawing property tax.
Is the Honda plant actually in the Marysville school district????......It's several miles outside Marysville......

Kinda like the Columbus Zoo isn't really in Columbus or Franklin County

Or most of the Franklin County Metro Parks are not really in Franklin County [even though Franklin Co voters passed the levy to pay for them]
Goforride

Jeannette, PA

#13 Aug 6, 2009
To say that Honda doesn't get taxpayer money is way off the mark. Honda USA has access to credit from their parent company in Japan. Arguably, the single biggest difference facing the US and foreign car manufacturers is access to credit. Whereas US car companies raise the bulk of their money through stock offerings, Japanese car companies live on bank loans. The Japanese banks, while not completely owned by the government, essentially do the government's bidding, in exchange for protection from competition. So, for example, if Honda USA needs money to build an American factory, they can be sure to get it at an attractive rate from Honda Corp., which can be sure to get it at an attractive rate from the Bank of Japan, even it pleases the Japanese government. This is an oversimplification, to be sure, but in general, American companies are the LEAST intertwined and supported by the government in the developed world.

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