Honda’s Lincoln, Alabama plant now hiring

This giant stamper produces body parts at Honda’s Alabama plant that was the first in the U.S. for the automaker to achieve zero landfill waste. (The Birmingham News/Bernard Troncale).LINCOLN, Alabama — Honda’s Alabama auto plant is hiring.

The 4,000-worker factory in Talladega County is looking to fill more than 50 professional-level jobs, including those in manufacturing, engineering, purchasing and production management.

The move will support ongoing projects that are increasing the plant’s capacity and revamping assembly operations to build the Acura MDX sport utility, beginning in 2013.

“The increased responsibility we now have as Honda’s light truck production source in the U.S. has opened new opportunities for employment,” said Mike Oatridge, vice president of Honda’s Alabama operations. “We have immediate openings particularly in the professional engineering disciplines and for those with experience in supplier purchasing and parts procurement.”

Honda did not pinpoint a salary range for the new positions.

The Lincoln plant now produces three models — the Odyssey minivan, Pilot SUV and Ridgeline pickup — along with the V-6 engines that power them.

Last spring, the Japanese automaker announced plans to shift production of the Acura MDX to Alabama from Canada. The company also announced projects, worth a combined $191 million investment, to expand annual output, improve manufacturing flexibility and transfer production of the MDX.

Acura is Honda’s luxury vehicle division, and this will be the first Acura product built by Alabama workers.

Honda began building vehicles in Lincoln in November 2001.

The plant is accepting applications now. For more information, go to

The new jobs are the latest signs of growth in Alabama’s auto industry. Earlier this month, Mercedes-Benz said it plans to add a fifth model to its assembly lines in Tuscaloosa County, a move that will create 400 jobs.

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