Even though it has not decided what vehicle to build there, American Honda Motor Co. is inviting potential suppliers to its new Alabama manufacturing venture to discuss opportunities.
Honda will host hundreds of small and mid-sized suppliers from Alabama and nearby states at a two-day symposium Jan. 10-11 in Talladega, near its future assembly plant site in Lincoln, Ala.
The automaker expects most of the region's potential suppliers to fall into the categories of construction, maintenance, equipment repair and plant services. It also hopes the symposium will help it identify subcontractors for the $400 million factory construction project.
Honda also hopes the symposium will help it develop new minority purchasing contacts.
Honda announced the Alabama plant last April. Officially, Honda has said only that the Lincoln factory will build 'minivans or SUVs.'
The company has also said it will build 120,000 vehicles and 120,000 engines annually. The plant will begin production in spring 2002.
American Honda spokeswoman Barbara Ponce said next month's meeting will focus mostly on providing information to firms that are not familiar with Honda or its purchasing needs or procedures.
She said that interested suppliers must make reservations for the symposium by phoning (877) 444-6632.