Civics, sure. But soybeans?
Honda, the Japanese manufacturer of cars, motorcycles and lawnmowers, is getting into the upscale soybean business in a big way next month when it opens its first $5 million soybean processing plant near the company's Marysville automobile manufacturing complex.
The company's soybean roots stretch to 1974, when Honda quietly began shipping agricultural products back to Japan on heretofore empty freighters that had ferried cars and parts to the United States, said Tamami Yamaguchi, a buyer for Torrence, Calif.-based Honda Trading America Corp., a subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co.
Still, many don't think soybeans -- let …