Honda began manufacturing small engines for use in power equipment products in 1953. In 1973 Honda introduced Honda Generators, Tillers and Outboards into the U.S. Market. Water Pumps were added to the Power Equipment lineup in 1975, followed by Lawn Mowers in 1979. Four years later, Honda snow blowers were added to the product lineup.
In 2015, Honda celebrated a significant milestone: over 40 million satisfied Power Equipment customers in the United States.
Honda Power Equipment products are assembled at 11 Honda manufacturing facilities around the world, including Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc., located in Swepsonville, North Carolina. Research, development, and testing activities are conducted at Honda R&D Americas, Inc., also located in North Carolina, and Honda R&D Co., Ltd., in Japan.
Honda Power Equipment Mfg., Inc. (HPE) has boosted its general purpose engine production to 2 million engines per year for use by Honda and other manufacturers.
In addition to engines, HPE produces Honda lawn mowers, generators, snow blowers, pumps, tillers, and string trimmers.
Honda's North Carolina Research and Development Center is an 11,000 square foot facility established in 1993 that conducts product engineering, prototype development, and testing of power equipment products.