We are a company built on dreams. And these dreams inspire us to create innovative products that enhance human mobility and benefit society. We see "The Power of Dreams" as a way of thinking that guides us and inspires us to move forward. The strength of our company comes from this philosophy—based on the visionary principles of our founder, Soichiro Honda.
We opened our first U.S. plant in 1979 and have evolved into a company that directly employs nearly 25,000 Americans. More than 100,000 workers are employed at authorized Honda automobile, motorcycle and power-equipment dealerships in the United States. Tens of thousands of additional Americans are employed by more than nearly 600 U.S. suppliers from which Honda purchases parts and materials. Honda is proud to provide jobs that help better the American economy and will continue to work hard to do so.
Our success in the global marketplace is the result of our continued investment in America's future. We thank our customers for the support and trust they've shown us. We look forward to challenging ourselves to create new products and services that bring value to our customers and society during the next 50 years.