Honda Motor Co. Ltd. is expected to announce it will build its new North American vehicle assembly plant in Indiana today.

The Japanese auto maker has called a press conference for 10:30 a.m. EDT in Greensburg, IN, which is located in southeastern Indiana, across the border from Dayton, OH.

The new facility will be Honda’s fourth in the U.S. It has two assembly operations in Ohio, in East Liberty and Marysville, and one in Lincoln, AL.

Honda also has an assembly plant in Alliston, Ont., Canada.

Although Honda has refused to comment on its hunt for a location, Indiana widely had been considered on the short list of candidates for the plant, a list that included Ohio and Illinois.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is expected to attend today’s media briefing.

The small town of Greensburg, about 55 miles (88 km) southeast of Indianapolis, has an estimated population of 10,462 people.

Last month, Honda said it planned to build another plant in the Midwest that would employ 1,500 workers and have capacity for 200,000 vehicles annually beginning in 2008. The auto maker has not said what models it plans to produce at the new facility.