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Honda agrees to 3rd PLA extension to cover major plant expansion

Congratulations are well deserved for the Dayton area building trades for negotiating a third extension of a Project Labor Agreement with Honda of America Manufacturing to cover a major expansion project.

The PLA extension covers a 250,000-square-foot expansion at the engine plant in Anna, Ohio. The cost has been estimated at about $51 million.

Additional work beyond what is covered in the PLA is possible, according to Dale Herzog, executive director for the Dayton Building and Construction Trades Council.

“Honda isn’t always using (PLAs) but they are here,” Herzog told The Labor Citizen for an article published in January. “That’s because we’re getting the work done on time. Our safety record and workmanship is top notch, and we’re coming in under budget.”

Herzog went on to say that the contractors using a lesser-skilled non-union workforce just can’t handle a project of this scale, and Honda realizes that.

The company hopes to have the engine plant expansion completed by June of 2015.