Honda plant changing leadership
by Patrick McCreless
Feb 24, 2014 | 4421 views |  0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jeff Tomko
Jeff Tomko
Honda's automotive manufacturing plant in Lincoln will soon have new leadership.

According to a Monday press release from the company, starting April 1, Jeff Tomko will be Honda Manufacturing of Alabama's new president, responsible for all operations at the Lincoln plant. Tomko, current senior vice president at HMA and an operation leader responsible for all vehicle and engine production at the plant, will replace HMA President Tom Shoupe.

Shoupe, named president of HMA in 2011, will become executive vice president and chief operating officer at Honda of America Mfg. Inc. in Ohio, the press release states.

HMA employs more than 4,000 workers and is the sole producer of the Odyssey minivan, the Pilot SUV, the Ridgeline pickup truck, the Acura MDX SUV and the V-6 engines that power each vehicle.

Samantha Corona, spokeswoman for HMA, said leadership changes every few years are typical for the Japanese-based automaker.

"Historically, HMA has had a leadership change every two to three years," Corona said. "This marks the end of Tom Shoupe's third year in Lincoln, so it is a natural course of events."

Shoupe said Tomko is the right man for job of president at HMA.

"Jeff Tomko has played a valuable role in the development and sustainability of Honda's operations in Alabama, Ohio and North America," Shoupe said. "Jeff's extensive knowledge of manufacturing, along with his overall business operations, makes him the perfect fit to lead HMA into the future."

Tomko joined Honda in 1987 in purchasing and has served in a number of leadership positions throughout Honda of America operations in Ohio. Prior to joining HMA, Tomko was plant manager of the Marysville Auto Plant in Marysville, Ohio.

Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.

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