Kawasaki Marks Engine Manufacturing Milestone
Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp. U.S.A. (KMM) recently marked the 25th anniversary of manufacturing engines at its Maryville, Mo., facility. The company began manufacturing the FC150V gasoline engine in 1989 and since then has expanded the site 11 times. The Maryville plant now covers 113 acres, with 786,264 sq. ft. of manufacturing, office and warehouse space along with a 10,435 sq. ft. R&D test lab.
The facility currently produces 18 models of single-cylinder and V-twin industrial gasoline engines from 12 to 37 hp, as well as continuously variable transmissions for ATVs and UTVs. The engines are primarily used in commercial turf and consumer lawn & garden equipment.
“Twenty-five years ago, Takehiko Saeki was president of Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp. U.S.A.,” said Matt Kurishima, current KMM president. “In his speech at the grand opening of the plant in 1989 he stated, “To position ourselves for growth, we must first improve and expand our technical capabilities,”
“At that time, the Maryville plant produced only one product, the FC150 V. This was a 4.5 hp, four-cycle overhead valve engine for walk-behind mowers. Our annual production was 200,000 engines and we had 150 employees.
“As current president of KMM, I am pleased to announce that we have done just what our first president envisioned.”
The facility now has 10 assembly lines, each producing approximately 450 engines a day, the company said. KMM marked the manufacture of its eight millionth engine in March.