Honda Motor Co., Ltd., the world’s preeminent engine maker, producing more than 26 million engines annually for a diverse range of products including automobiles, motorcycles and power equipment products. Founded in Japan in 1948, Honda began operations in the U.S. in 1959 with the establishment of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (http://www.honda.com/), Honda’s first overseas subsidiary. Honda began U.S. production of motorcycles in 1979 and automobiles in 1982. Honda began making power equipment products in Swepsonville, North Carolina in 1984, producing engines and lawnmowers. The company has invested more than $10.6 billion in its North American operations, with employment of more than 35,000 associates, and annual purchases of more than $18 billion in parts and materials from suppliers in North America.