Yamaha expanding its American ATV production facility
July 02, 2013
Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., announced in June that it has completed the transfer of its worldwide ATV production from overseas facilities to the Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America in Newnan, Ga., adding hundreds of jobs to its U.S. facility.
Since the company announced in 2010 that it would transfer all of its ATV production to the Newnan, Ga., facility, Yamaha has moved production of all of its top-of-the-line models like the Grizzly 700 FI utility machine and the YFZ450R sport machines. Now these ATVs are produced exclusively at YMMC for worldwide distribution.
Already the largest employer in Newnan, YMMC is poised to continue growing in Georgia and will add another 100 jobs this year. Another 300 jobs could be added over the next three to five years based on forecasts, officials said. The advanced manufacturing facility covers more than 850,000 square feet and includes the latest technology, equipment and procedures in motorsports manufacturing.
“Yamaha continues to ramp up U.S. production thanks to the ATV production transfer, the introduction of all-new products like the [side-by-side] Viking, and improving market conditions,” says Mike Martinez, vice president of Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group. “Yamaha is one of the largest motorsports companies in the world, and it is exciting to see the company’s increased emphasis on U.S. manufacturing. The U.S. is the world’s largest ATV and SxS market with more than 70 percent of global sales. It makes great business sense for Yamaha to manufacture these products right here in the U.S. for worldwide distribution.”
Yamaha employs more than 1,250 people in Newnan.
“The Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America is a world-class facility with the highest standards and certifications for quality, environmental manufacturing and safety,” says Mike Chrzanowski, senior vice president of operations and engineering services at YMMC. “Yamaha has invested more than $250 million over the past decade to support our expansion and our employees—who are some of the best in the world—and to make our U.S. factory the center of Yamaha’s worldwide ATV and SxS vehicle production.”
Learn more about Yamaha Motorsports products at www.yamahaoutdoors.com.