To the Editor:
The March 20 story "Honda's U.S. r&d center looks locally for talent" was interesting. It illustrates another way that Honda, through innovative thinking, has changed the automotive business.
Talented people who dream up, design and build some of the best vehicles in the world can do a better job in a cornfield than the competition in Detroit.
I grew up just a few miles from the small communities in which Honda has built its Ohio complex.
I have also spent the last 24 years in a Honda dealership. I have met many of the product development engineers, designers and managers, and I can say wholeheartedly that Honda has attracted some of the most dedicated and brightest people in the automobile business.
I am guessing that they see the cornfields of central Ohio as a place where the quality of life is much better than in Detroit or Los Angeles. The kids get a great education, home prices aren't through the stratosphere, and the neighbors are good people who care about one another.
When the word gets out, I bet that r&d centers will be springing up in cornfields everywhere.