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Yamazaki New Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing President

Posted on April 1, 2013

Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A., announced the appointment of Yoshihiro Yamazaki as president. He succeeds Matsuhiro Asano, who has returned to Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan after serving in the U.S. for four years.

Kawasaki operates a consumer products manufacturing plant and a railroad car plant in Lincoln, Neb., and an engine plant in Maryville, Mo. Approximately 1300 people work at Lincoln site, with 767 employees at Maryville

Yamazaki has been a general manager in Lincoln since last April. He has worked for Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. in Japan for 31 years. His background includes expertise in Kawasaki’s engineering, production, planning, engine production department and consumer products supply chain promoting departments.

This is the second significant announcement from Kawasaki in just over two weeks. On March 21, the company announced that the Engines and Power Products Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) will no longer remain in the handheld power products business category after December 31, 2013. Kawasaki’s handheld power products line includes string trimmers, blowers, hedge trimmers, hedge clippers, an edger and a multi-task series.

Kawasaki said the move allows the company and its dealer network to focus resources on its core business of premium four-cycle engines, which the company said has been the mainstay of its operations and will continue with even greater emphasis.