In 1979, automotive manufacturer Honda made history.
They hired 55 Americans and 11 Japanese workers for their first-ever motorcycle plant on US soil, expanding to build a car plant in 1982. Honda chose rural Marysville, Ohio, just a three-hour drive but a world away from the gritty, industrial US motor heartland of Detroit.
Marysville had little in the way of large manufacturing. It was fertile ground for the plans of the then Ohio governor to bring car makers that could bring jobs and progress.
Since then, international automakers have become deeply embedded in the US economy.