Yamaha boosts U.S. assembly operations with new Viking plant

Publish Date: 
Jun 13, 2013

CYPRESS, Calif. - Yamaha has completed its ATV production transfer from overseas facilities to Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corp. of America (YMMC) in Newnan, Ga., adding hundreds of jobs.

Yamaha also has opened a second dedicated assembly plant in Newnan for the production of future side-by-sides, including the new multi-purpose three-person Viking.

Since 2010 Yamaha has moved production of top-line models like the Grizzly 700 FI and (most recently) the YFZ450R, along with all side-by-sides, to YMMC for worldwide distribution.

Already the largest employer in Newnan, YMMC is poised to add another 100 jobs to support Viking production in Plant 2 this year. A further 300 jobs could be added over the next three to five years based on forecasts, Yamaha said. The factory covers more than 850,000 sq. ft.

“Yamaha continues to ramp up U.S. production thanks to the ATV production transfer, the introduction of all-new products like the Viking, and improving market conditions,” said Mike Martinez, vice president of Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group. “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 the Newnan area, up from 1,100 since the ATV production transfer began in 2011. In total, Yamaha has added about 200 jobs in Georgia between its factory in Newnan and Yamaha’s corporate offices in Kennesaw.

Said 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 ... and to make our U.S. factory the center of Yamaha’s worldwide ATV and SxS vehicle production.”

In total, Yamaha employs upwards of 3,150 people across the U.S. — up from 2,800 in 2011 — and supports more than 30,000 additional jobs through its manufacturing facilities, corporate offices, field staff, distribution centers, suppliers and dealer partners. The Newnan factory alone spends more than $170 million annually with 137 worldwide suppliers — 125 of which are also based in North America.

Yamaha has corporate offices, regional offices, factories and distribution centers in nine states: Georgia, California, Wisconsin, Texas, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Illinois, New Jersey and Washington.

Posted by Arlo Redwine