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News of  February 01, 2000


HHG Selected To Manage Construction Of Honda's New Lincoln Vehicle And Engine Plant

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - HHG, a new joint venture of three firms - Bill Harbert Construction of Birmingham; Hanscomb, Inc., of Atlanta; and Global Performance, LLC, of Greenville, S.C. – has been selected by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) to manage construction of the company's new vehicle and engine manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Ala.

HHG will oversee construction of Honda's new 1.7 million-sq.-ft. facility from groundbreaking through production start-up in 2002. In addition to the construction of the buildings and facilities, HHG will schedule the entire project and will oversee site work and infrastructure development. Working closely with Honda, HHG also will develop subcontractor bid packages, pre-screen and pre-qualify eligible subcontractors, and coordinate subcontractor work.

"We're excited to be a part of this important project for the future of Alabama and Honda, and we are committed to building Honda a manufacturing plant that meets their high standards," said HHG's Howard Dyer-Smith, executive vice president of Harbert's U.S. operations. Jeffrey Smith, senior manager of Corporate Affairs & Communications for American Honda Motor Co., Inc., cited the importance of the joint venture firms' construction and management experience. "HHG brings to this project a strong collective track record managing large-scale manufacturing projects, as well as a dedication to quality, value and on-time project management," he said. "They are a natural fit for Honda." Smith added: "This will be a sophisticated facility that will perform a wide variety of manufacturing functions, in addition to vehicle and engine assembly."

Dyer-Smith said that HHG expects 1500-2000 construction jobs at the peak of the project. The total number of subcontractors could reach approximately 200.

The Honda plant itself will employ approximately 1,500 associates when it reaches its annual capacities of 120,000 vehicles and 120,000 engines in 2003.

As part of its commitment to Honda and the Alabama community, HHG will implement several initiatives to encourage Alabama-based suppliers and subcontractors to pursue business opportunities with HHG and Honda. The initiatives include informational seminars for potential subcontractors and suppliers (similar to the supplier symposiums Honda held in Talladega on Jan. 10 and 11, 2000), the development of a local business organization resource network, and the designation of a diversity development representative who will focus on providing opportunities for participation by minority- and women-owned businesses.

"HHG is embarking on an active program to involve local firms in construction of the Honda plant," Dyer-Smith said. "HHG is committed to Honda's desire for diversity and inclusion. HHG will implement a number of strategies to ensure diversity, including broad and frequent communication of opportunities throughout the minority community."

Dennis Braasch will serve as HHG's project director for the Honda plant, with Tom Wells serving as project manager.

(Jan. 19, 2000)


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