- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Honda is opening a new training facility in central Ohio, along with a museum that pays tribute to the automaker’s half-century history in North America.

The $35 million Honda Heritage Center is in Marysville, where its North American operations are led and it has an assembly plant. The new 160,000-square-foot facility includes office space and a new technical development center with classrooms and hands-on training opportunities for Honda engineers, technicians and other employees.

Honda of America Chief Operating Officer Tom Shoupe called it an example of the automaker “investing for the future of Ohio,” where it employs more than 13,000 people, the Dayton Daily News reported.

“We are investing and trying to grow and apply technologies that will allow us to be competitive for a long time,” Shoupe said.

The museum, which opens to the public next month, looks back on some of Honda’s products over several decades. Sports cars, motorcycles, power equipment and robotics are among the items on display. There are some of Honda’s first motorcycles and cars, as well as a circular display of transmissions and engines, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Eric Burkland, president of the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, called it an unusual “intersection of heritage with the future” that “stimulates excitement about manufacturing today,” the newspaper said.

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