We go behind the green curtain for production milestone
Walking down the street in Lincoln, Nebr. you would never think that a major manufacturer has set a production milestone in this small town. Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp. did just that a couple of miles outside the city on a spread of 332 acres that has produced millions of products for today’s consumers.
On Sept. 15 Kawasaki sent its three millionth vehicle down the production line and into the record books. A Kawasaki Teryx dressed in bright lime green made its way past the final inspection check point and was dressed for the occasion with ribbons and bows. The facility steadily poured full as over 1,200 employees walked into the warehouse to see the Teryx make its way down the line.
The Lincoln facility originally opened for business in April of 1974. Here are a few statistics that will give you an idea of the impact this plant has had in those 36 years:
|Produced in Lincoln|
|• 36 different models of motorcycles|
|• 7 different snowmobiles|
|• 44 models of Jet Skis|
|• 46 different ATVs|
|• 44 models of utility and recreational utility vehicles|
|• 27 models of industrial robots|
|• 9 types of rail cars (Yes, rail cars, as in trains!)|
|• 25 million wheels for Kawasaki and customer products|
This amount of vehicles stretched end to end would reach to Honolulu Hawaii from the plant in Lincoln or the equivalent of 3,500 miles.
Another very fascinating feature of Kawasaki’s Production facility is that if a special machine is needed to complete a specific product, Kawasaki does not outsource the engineering – it is built in house! From laser-cutting machines to robotics, there seems to be no limit to Kawasaki’s vision.
Walking through the seemingly endless pathways we stopped to watch as a pre-impregnated sheet of fiberglass mat began its journey into a three-story machine that would eventually churn out a hull for one of Kawsaki’s personal watercraft models. The Watercraft segment was not the only line running as we watched Mules and more Teryx side-by-sides slowly but surely making their way to the eventual crate deck to be shipped all over the world!
After a day of touring the plant we were honored to sit and have lunch with the president of Kawasaki and the close management team that helps the plant run smoothly every day. This day of history was truly a day we will never for get and we thank Kawasaki for letting the good times roll on and on!