Alabama’s Bicentennial celebration will be traveling in style thanks to the generosity of Honda Manufacturing of Alabama.
HMA donated a 2017 Honda Ridgeline and a 2016 Honda Pilot – both with less than 500 miles – to Alabama 200 Tuesday. All white with Alabama 200’s bright red logos, it not only will be the Bicentennial’s official vehicles, it will serve as a rolling billboard for the 200th anniversary of becoming a state.
“We’re thrilled we could be a part of this,” said Honda’s Stephanie Alexander noting that the official vehicles of the Bicentennial are “Alabama built, built by Alabamians.” More than 95 percent of the 4,500-member workforce are Alabamians.
HMA President Jeff Tomko noted, “When you see an Acura MDX, Ridgeline, Odyssey or Pilot anywhere in the world, they are only built in Lincoln, Alabama. We export more than $1 billion in vehicles from this facility.”
Jay Lamar, executive director of the Bicentennial, thanked HMA for its sizable gifts. “We are so grateful,” she said noting that the Bicentennial is not just a celebration of Alabama’s history, “it’s about where we are going. We are not only acknowledging our history, but we are looking to our future.” Honda is certainly a part of that future as a state, she said. “It is meaningful for Honda to be a part of this through these vehicles.”
Tomko added that the future looks good for Honda and Alabama. Honda just announced another $85 million expansion at the Lincoln plant.
As part of the Bicentennial celebration, Alabama Humanities Foundation will be presenting Making Alabama, a Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit, a signature event kicking off in 2018 and culminating in 2019. The exhibit will travel to all 67 counties.
“We, too, thank Honda for its generous gifts to the Bicentennial,” said AHF Executive Director Armand DeKeyser. “As we look back on our history as a state and ahead to the future, we see Honda as an integral part – through its deep roots in Alabamians who work there, to the technology it has brought us to the economic development catalyst it has become for Alabama. Thank you, Honda, for joining our celebration in such a significant way.”