Honda of Canada was welcomed into Alliston in 1986. It's expance covers 450 Acres or approximately 1.8 km/sq which encompasses 2 vehicle assembly plants (that house the production of the Honda Civic and Acura CSX, MDX, and ZDX models), a stamping plant, recreation facility, Full sized NHL arena, fitness centre, baseball diamond and volleyball nets.
Alliston Real Estate has improved from the injection of this vehicle manufacturer into our economy consideralbley, and as such The town of new Tecumseth, made up of Alliston, Beeton, & Tottenham, has grown. There was a large growth of Houses and Homes as well as a large influx of new residents to help out the rental market in Alliston as well.
The saying holds true, "without business, there can be no growth"
Currently, the two main plants have approximately 4600 employees and have an annual capacity of 390,580 cars per year. Plant 1 was built in Alliston in 1986. A stamping and bumper painting line was added in 1989. Honda's second plant in Alliston began production in 1998, originally Building Honda Odyssey vans for the 1999 model year. Production of the Odyssey in Canada stopped in 2004 to make room for the Ridgeline. Production of the Honda Pilot in Canada stopped in 2007 to allow Civic sedans to be built in Plant 2.
In May 2006, Honda announced it would build a CAD$154 million engine plant in Alliston, Ontario, to supply engines for the Civic model. The plant opened in the fall of 2008.
November 12, 2008, saw the end of Ridgeline production at the Alliston Assembly facility. Ridgeline production has been moved to Honda's Alabama assembly line. A total of 3,791 units bound for the Canadian market, 3679 units bound for the American market, 551 units bound for the Mexican market, and 130 units bound for South America have been built to date for the 2009 model year. The discontinuance of Ridgeline production will make room for more Civic production at Plant 2.
The sudden dip in the economy played a major role in lowering production in Alliston. On January 29, 2009 Honda announced further reductions in production at the Alliston plant. 9,000 fewer vehicles will be produced through to March, 2009. "One assembly line at the facility went from two daily work shifts to one. Output of Civic and Acura MDX models made on the line were halved from 800 units a day to 400 units. Honda also took four non-production Fridays in February."
This dip in the economy also effected houses in Alliston and throughout New tecumseth, but properties have since bounced back and the town real estate maket is back in full swing!