Honda Canada Breaks Ground For New Head Office Campus



    New Campus Being Designed To Be Environmentally Advanced

    MARKHAM, ON, Oct. 18 /CNW/ - Honda Canada Inc. today conducted a
ceremonial groundbreaking to commemorate the start of construction for a new
head office campus in Markham, Ontario.
    The new campus will be located on a 53.3-acre parcel of land fronting
Highway 404, just north of Elgin Mills Road. The project is estimated to take
a minimum of two years to complete, with a tentative move-in date of summer
2009.
    "Today we are celebrating more than just the construction of new
buildings," said Hiroshi Kobayashi, President and CEO of Honda Canada Inc. "We
are celebrating our continuing commitment to Canada. Our new campus is not
just about buildings of steel and glass - it is about building for the future
and about creating an environment where Honda associates can grow and thrive
in order to better serve our customers."
    "Honda's leading-edge investment here in Markham is another strong vote
of confidence in Ontario's workforce and the innovation that thrives in our
auto sector," said David Caplan, Ontario Minister of Public Infrastructure
Renewal. "Auto companies around the world are realizing that an investment in
Ontario is an investment in long-term success. I'd like to thank Honda Canada
for recognizing the value of our province and our people."
    Town of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti said, "I'm delighted to welcome
Honda Canada to the Town of Markham. Honda is one of Canada's leading
corporate citizens, embracing values we prize - and share. Their commitment to
the environment, for example, is evident in the design of the new headquarters
which Honda is trying to build to LEED(R) standards; in the 71,000 trees
planted across the country by Honda associates and their families in recent
years; and their leadership in reducing fuel consumption and emissions in its
vehicles."
    On hand for the groundbreaking ceremonies were Hiroshi Kobayashi,
President and CEO of Honda Canada Inc.; David Caplan, Ontario Minister of
Public Infrastructure Renewal; and Frank Scarpitti, Town of Markham Mayor.
    The new campus with 46,450 square metres (500,000 square feet) of
building space is designed to provide Honda Canada with greater operational
efficiencies for its growing sales, marketing and customer service teams with
a total of approximately 700 associates.
    The Honda Canada campus will feature three separate but interconnected
buildings, including a four-storey building for the head office that is being
designed to be LEED(R) (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold
Certified, advancing Honda's continued commitment to the environment. The
campus will also include a technical centre that accommodates research and
development, engineering and training, and a one-storey parts distribution
centre. The project design and build will be completed through a joint
partnership with ZAS + HOK architects.
    Honda Canada is working on a number of environmental initiatives, which
are designed to contribute to its head office building being LEED(R) Gold
Certified. Some of the key items will include:

    
    -   Storm water management: Storage of rain water off the Parts
        Distribution Centre roof stored underground for use in irrigation
        system
    -   Rain water off parking surfaces to be drained through bio filters
        before released to public sewer systems
    -   Heat-reflective materials on the roof on buildings to minimize
        cooling requirements
    -   Orientation of the buildings to optimize energy performance
    -   Construction waste management: minimizing the amount of waste to
        landfill through recycling or reuse
    

    The relocation to Markham, Ontario, reflects Honda's commitment to its
Associates, community and brand. The Markham location offers access to
transportation infrastructure, respecting travel distances required of
existing Associates. As active community partners, Honda also looks forward to
contributing to its new local community and the York Region through
volunteerism and outreach initiatives.
    Building on its 2010 commitment to be a company that Canadians want to
exist, as the country's fourth largest privately held company(1), Honda lives,
works and plays in communities across Canada:

    
    -   employing about 5,100 Honda Canada Associates coast-to-coast
    -   manufacturing 390,000 Honda and Acura vehicles annually at its two
        manufacturing facilities in Alliston, ON
    -   donating annually to charitable organization to local community
        organizations, and through the Honda Canada Foundation that focuses
        giving to registered charities
    -   bringing to market the Honda Benefit of 'green, safe, fun'
        automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, power equipment and marine
        engines
    -   investing in excess of $2.4 billion in Canada through its two
        manufacturing facilities in Alliston, ON, a new engine plant that
        will begin operation in Alliston next year, and the new head office
        campus in Markham
    

    Honda is the world's largest producer of gasoline-powered products,
including automobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, power equipment and marine engines.
With 130 manufacturing facilities in 29 countries worldwide, Honda now
attracts nearly 20 million customers annually.

    
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    (1) July/August 2007 Report on Business, 50 Biggest Private Companies,
        ranked on revenue.
    

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