RUSSELLS POINT, OH – A decade before its Japanese rivals, Honda Motor Co. Ltd. began producing automatic transmissions in the U.S. in Anna, OH, where the auto maker operates one of the world’s largest powertrain plants. That was 1989. Seven years later, the auto maker transferred production nearly 20 miles (32 km) away to the Russells Point, OH, plant of Bellemar Parts Industries Inc., a Honda subsidiary, which at the time manufactured car seats and catalytic converters. The following ...

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