Honda Aircraft could announce a major expansion of its operations at the Piedmont Triad International Airport this afternoon.

Gov. Bev Perdue’s office said Perdue would make an “economic development announcement” at the airport at 5 p.m.

Honda officials have schedule a press conference at the same time at an aviation event in Las Vegas, according to the News and Record of Greensboro.

Honda Aircraft has located its HondaJet private jet manufacturing facility and other operations at the PTI, as it is known. The newspaper reported that HondaJet could invest $80 million and add 419 jobs over the next five years.

Local officials have pledged various tax incentives and have also asked the state to contribute to the package.

Earlier this year, Honda Aircraft said the average salary of the new jobs would be $57,000 plus benefits.

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 in July. “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.

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

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.

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