Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp. is opening a new facility to build Kawasaki engines for lawn, garden and industrial applications in Boonville, Mo. The company held a grand opening ceremony at the facility with the attendance of Kawasaki leaders, representatives from the governor’s office and others. The Boonville plant is the company’s second location in Missouri, joining the Maryville operations, which were established in 1989.
The new facility will add to the total statewide staff of nearly 1,200 based at the Maryville plant, which produces 18 different engine models ranging from 14.5HP to 38.5HP. Slated to begin production in summer 2022, the Boonville facility is currently being retrofitted and will initially include approximately 250 employees.
“This expansion of production capabilities for our engines is a significant step forward in our continuing ability to provide superior quality engines in the quantities needed to meet expanding market demand,” said Nelson Wilner, vice president of Kawasaki Engines Division.
Kawasaki Engines, a division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., distributes gasoline engines for landscape, industrial, and consumer markets. The division is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich. It sells to and services customers through a network of OEMs, distributors, and more than 7,700 independent dealers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, select countries in Central and South America, and the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific, including Guam.