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HondaJet Plant Comes To Triad

Posted February 9, 2007
Updated October 6, 2011

— Gov. Mike Easley announced Friday that Honda Aircraft Co. will manufacture its new small jet in Greensboro.


The company has already opened its corporate headquarters at Piedmont Triad International Airport, and government officials have approved an incentives package for the company to build its HondaJets at the airport.

“We all know that North Carolina is home to the first flight and now Honda Aircraft knows it has a place for its new HondaJet to really take off,” said Easley. “Because of our state’s commitment to making the necessary investments in workforce development and education, 283 more North Carolinians will have high-wage, high-skilled 21st century jobs."

The jobs at the plant are expected to pay an average of $70,000 a year, twice the county's annual wage. The aircraft weighs less than 10,000 pounds and would be used in the air taxi and corporate flying sectors. Between 85 and 100 contract workers would also be hired for the project.

Guilford County commissioners voted Thursday to approve $600,000 in incentives for the company. Other contributors include the cities of Greensboro and High Point, and a private group in Winston-Salem.

"Normally I hesitate on incentives. There's no way that I could possibly hesitate on voting for this," Guilford County Commissioner Kay Cashion said after the vote.

The incentive money would help Honda lease 70 acres at the airport, with 30 more acres available for expansion. Construction would start immediately and the first buildings would be finished by the end of 2007.

The HondaJet, which still needs federal approval, seats about six people and would be priced at about $3.65 million. The jets aren't slated to be delivered until 2010.

Honda Aircraft Co. engineers started working at Piedmont Triad International Airport in 2000, and designed and built the jet. About 50 engineers are already employed by Honda at the airport.

Triad officials said three states and other communities in North Carolina have competed for the company.


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  • the original Milky Feb 10, 2007

    aal2192 - OK, I'll go there.
    "Some people that read this post will really believe that you
    can hear a radio outside of a running jet."
    These are the same people that don't understand why Donald Duck can where a vest with no pants. For these people (which don't truely exist) I was making an atempt to sacrasticaly insinuate that I beleived that because a jet was made by Honda that the punks that pimp out their civics would somehow come up with 3.8 million dollars for a HondaJet so they could pimp them out with non-funtioning non-aerodynamic wings and subwoofers that would have, comparatively, the same effect of, what is normally fitted into, a 1996 Honda Civic to other people at the traffic light. I apologize for my lack of professionalism. This was, by far, some of the most psychologically damaging comentary that has been posted on wral. I apologize to aal2192 and all other socially retarded people that are no fun to watch television with.

  • borders667 Feb 9, 2007

    Well Fake_WRAL ,now that we have established that you know the difference in an A/C "converter" and inverter we have to beleive that you are indeed involved in aerospace which brings me back to my origional argument... what does a news story about Hondajet building in GSO have to do with "kids"?? Pimping out their jets? What corelation does that have with this story? How do you "pimp"out a jet in a manner that would bother you. Some people that read this post will really believe that you can hear a radio outside of a running jet. If you at all consider yourself a professional in this field, don't you have a responsibility not to post such stupid comments or are you one of the disguntled former employees of the areospace industry. Your comments help no one.. check your professionalisim please.

  • oldrebel Feb 9, 2007

    Good pic of the jet at

  • the original Milky Feb 9, 2007

    "I'm still trying to figure how how big the "a/c converter" needs to be. "
    I can't beleive I missed that. Nice Catch Brad ;)

  • DurhamDude Feb 9, 2007

    I'm still trying to figure how how big the "a/c converter" needs to be. :-)

  • the original Milky Feb 9, 2007

    aal2192 - Stop it, you're killing me. You are the best joke I've read all day. Thanks for the laugh.

  • borders667 Feb 9, 2007

    Boy you are an expert wral-Fake...Can you imagine the size of the generators on those engines or the size of the a/c converter to run a 10000 watt sound system..or are you so smart that you are developing the STC for it...what kid anyway can afford a 3.8 million dollar jet? ...think before you type for a change.

  • A_Patriot Feb 9, 2007

    jasttn - It should would have been. But who'd want to live out there? $70k in the Triad isn't bad $$$; I believe the average salary would have been less around the GTP, which might not have attracted skilled labor.

    Just guessing - I wrote off the GTP a long time ago.

  • the original Milky Feb 9, 2007

    aal2192- You won't see a TARMAC in your neighborhood either, unless you live in an airport. That's what RUNWAYS are made of. I work in the aerospace manufacturing industry and I know what a HondaJet is. Do you know what sarcasm is? Thanks for the laugh.

  • borders667 Feb 9, 2007

    That is the dumbest comment I have ever read on this site. Ahh..this is an airplane,that you probably won't see on the roads in your neignborhood.Hello...