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Honda to add 400 jobs at Alliston, Ont., plant

ALLISTON, Ont. – Honda Canada said it will be adding a second production shift to its No. 2 plant in Alliston, Ont., in early 2011, resulting in 400 new jobs.

The No. 2 plant produces the Honda Civic Sedan, Acura MDX Sport Utility Vehicle and Acura ZDK Crossover.

“We are pleased to be making this announcement as the Canadian economy continues to show signs of recovery,” said Manabu Nishimae, president and CEO of Honda Canada Inc.

The company also makes the Honda Civic coupe and sedan, as well as the Canadian-exclusive Acura CSX luxury compact sedan, at its No. 1 assembly plant and produces engines at a parts plant in Alliston.

There are several signs that Ontario’s battered auto sector is getting back to life following a disastrous year.

General Motors of Canada announced last week that it will recall more than 700 laid-off employees at two of its Ontario plants, most of them in Oshawa. GM Canada is adding a third shift to one of its plants in Oshawa and adding jobs at a CAMI plant in Ingersoll, Ont.

Although Honda and the other Japanese automakers weren’t as badly hurt by the recession as GM and Chrysler, which had to be bailed out by governments in the United States and Canada, the entire industry suffered from the downturn.

Most of the vehicles produced in Ontario, which is the heart of Canada’s auto sector, are produced for export to the U.S. market.

Honda noted on Tuesday, however, that half of the vehicles it sold in Canada last year were made in Alliston.

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