http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/ca...581915&topic=TOPIC_ECONOMIC_INDICATORS&isub=3 5,000 applications for 18 Honda jobs Associated Press GREENSBURG, Ind. (AP) - Honda Motor Co. received an "overwhelming" response to the first job openings it posted online for a new plant in Southeastern Indiana, receiving more than 5,000 applications for 18 positions, the company said. "We are delighted by the enthusiastic response to our advertisement," company spokesman Jeffrey Smith said. The 18 jobs at a new facility planned for Greensburg, about 50 miles southwest of Indianapolis, were posted on Feb. 21, and the company is continuing to accept applications for four slots, Smith said. Honda temporarily stopped accepting applications for 14 jobs so the company could evaluate the volume of responses it already received, but the positions may be reopened, Smith said. The first wave of job recruitment included positions in engineering, information technology and skilled labor. Job descriptions were posted at http://www.indiana.honda.com and applicants could upload their resumes. "We are encouraged by the broad range of experience that we're seeing on these resumes," Smith said. The plant will employ 2,000 people when it ramps up to full production capacity in the fall of 2008, the company said. Honda will bring some more workers on board this year, but the majority of hiring will take place in 2008. Applicants will get callbacks as positions are filled, and applications will remain active in the company's system for two years, company spokesman David Iida said. The new plant, which will be located midway between Indianapolis and Cincinnati, is expected to produce 200,000 cars annually and to supply 80 percent of the vehicles Honda sells in North America. It will be Honda's 14th major plant in North America, bumping up the company's North American work force to more than 37,000. Construction on the plant has already begun, and an official groundbreaking ceremony will take place March 19.