GREENSBORO, N.C. — Honda Aircraft Co. is considering locating a regional maintenance and service center that could employ hundreds at its headquarters in Greensboro.

The city of Greensboro is considering offering $520,000 in incentives, according to The News & Record of Greensboro.

Guilford County also is considering offering incentives, the newspaper said.

Honda Aircraft said as many as 419 jobs would be created over five years with an average salary of $57,000 plus benefits, the newspaper said.

The company remained mum about its plans. 

“We have made no formal decisions about any potential expansion of the facility or employment,” Stephen Keeney, Honda’s senior manager of corporate affairs, told The Winston-Salem Journal. “We are still considering the matter.”

The Journal also reported that Honda Aircraft President and Chief Executive Officer Michimasa Fujino hinted recently the company would produce another airplane in addition to the $4.5 million HondaJet.

The aircraft division of the Japanese company declined to name other potential cities for its Northeast regional service center.

Honda is building its first-ever commercial aircraft in Greensboro, a light business jet scheduled to begin deliveries next year.

Greensboro Assistant City Manager Andy Scott told the newspaper that the company wants incentives from local governments.

Honda’s Greensboro jet factory now employs about 600 and expects to add up to 300 more as it reaches full production.

However, not all government officials are in favor of a tax deal.

“I think HondaJet is a very viable company and they’re an appreciated company in this area,” Guilford County Commissioner Billy Yow told the newspaper. “But they’re going to put this here anyway. They’re so invested right now in Guilford County that it wouldn’t be feasible for them to leave and do it somewhere else.”

The News & Record noted that Honda has already received pledges of $8 million in incentives from state and local governments as part of the deal to build its headquarters in the Triad. City officials told the newspaper that Honda has already exceeded employment targets and the amount of money to be invested in the headquarters.

Read The News & Record report here.

Read The Journal report here.

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