Yamaha announced that it is moving the manufacturing of its new ATV back into the United States. This goes against the trend of companies moving their manufacturing out of the U.S. and overseas for cheaper labor.
Yamaha’s will begin production of its new ATV models in its Newnan, GA, factory. The company anticipates needing an additional 200 employees to handle the extra ATV production. The 125 North American parts companies that supply Yamaha also will need more employees.
The ATV production transfer was first announced last year and is part of Yamaha’s strategy to bring its worldwide ATV manufacturing to the U.S. Yamaha invested $250 million over the past 10 years to upgrade the Georgia facility.
“This production transfer shows Yamaha’s commitment to this facility and the U.S. motorsports market — the world’s largest ATV market,” said Henio Arcangeli Jr., Yamaha Motorsports president. “Manufacturing ATVs in Georgia will allow Yamaha to respond more quickly to its customers’ demands while streamlining its supply chain and distribution processes. It is a strategic move that will benefit the company, employees, dealer partners and customers as well as the local Newnan community and more than 100 U.S. parts supplier businesses.”
Yamaha currently employs more than 1,100 people in Newnan. The factory has been in operation more than 20 years.