Yamaha To Move ATV Production Stateside

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Yamaha Motor Co. will move its ATV production from Japan to the United States, the company has announced.

The company will integrate the production capacity of its Japanese subsidiary, Yamaha Motor Powered Products Co., Ltd. (YMPC), into its U.S. subsidiary based in Newnan, Ga., Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corp. of America (YMMC).

The move is scheduled to begin in early 2011 and expected to be completed by 2013. It’s intended to “optimize manufacturing capacity and improve productivity,” Yamaha says.

Because the U.S. is the largest market for ATVs, the company expects the move to make it more responsive to changes in the market.

“We are pleased to have this additional ATV production transitioning to YMMC in Newnan, Georgia,” said Mike Martinez, General Manager of ATV & SxS Operations, Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. “We expect this transition to have a positive impact on the local economic community and provide worldwide recognition for our state-of-the-art facility and its ability to produce durable and reliable off-road vehicles.”

YMMC manufactures ATVs ranging in engine displacement from 250cc to 421cc. The production transfer will increase the facility’s production lineup to include a wide range of Yamaha ATVs up to models with large 700cc engines. The also transfer lets YMPC concentrate on manufacturing generators, multi-purpose engines and golf cars, while YMMC will also continue to manufacture golf cars, personal watercraft and Side-by-Side vehicles.

Posted by Holly Wagner