Honda Motor Co. plans to hire 1,000 additional workers and add a second production shift at its Civic plant in Greensburg, Ind., by year end.
Workers at the factory were told of the plans in April, spokesman Ed Miller said.
The announcement comes as Civic production in North America is running at roughly half of normal levels because of damage to suppliers caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The parts shortages hit Civic output especially hard because Honda was switching from production of the 2011 Civic to the redesigned 2012 model, Miller said.
Honda is confident that its suppliers can support two shifts of Civic production in Indiana, Miller said.
"We have a much clearer view of where the parts are coming from and in what volumes," Miller said. "We have a better picture of our supply chain now, and we're able to make that commitment."
Miller declined to say when Civic production will return to normal. Honda said in late May that output of eight vehicles built in North America -- not including the Civic -- would return to normal levels in August.
Honda has planned to operate two shifts at the Greensburg plant since the factory opened in 2008, Miller said. He said the plant can build 200,000 Civics annually with 2,000 employees working two shifts.