Yamaha Completes $3 Million Plant Expansion
Yamaha WaterCraft Group, a division of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., today announced the completion of a $3 million dollar expansion of Yamaha Jet boat Manufacturing, the company’s boat manufacturing plant located in Vonore, TN.
The planned expansion was announced in July when seven acres for the new 30,000 square foot building were purchased from another boat company. Now operational, the expansion provides for an additional boat hull and deck assembly line, leading to production capability improvements upwards of 20%. Additionally, Yamaha has hired 100 new employees over the past 12 months to staff the growing operation. Yamaha boats ended the 2012 selling season as the best-selling boats in their classes and Yamaha boats in total were the best-selling 16-foot to 25-foot family runabout boats in the industry.
“Yamaha boats have really been a source of pride for our employees. With this expansion that pride is further strengthened as demand for our products continues to grow at a rapid pace,” said Steve Wolfe, human resources manager for Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing. “This expansion allows us to grow and streamline our operations as we pave the way for the future of our boat business.”
“Over the past five years Yamaha has invested almost $10 million in plant expansions and improvements,” said Bryan Seti, national marketing manager for Yamaha’s WaterCraft Group. “Today we lead one of the most sophisticated recreational boat manufacturing operations in the world; and it comes at a time when demand for our products has never been higher.”
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