The announcement was made by officials of Kawasaki during a grand opening ceremony held at the facility, where they were joined by additional Kawasaki leadership, representatives from the governor’s office and other local government offices. The Boonville plant represents the company’s second location in Missouri, joining the Maryville operations which were established in 1989.
This will add to the total statewide staff of nearly 1,200 based at the Maryville plant, which produces 18 different engine models ranging from 14.5 horsepower to 38.5 horsepower. Slated to begin production in summer 2022, the Boonville facility is currently being retrofitted and will initially include about 250 employees.
“This expansion of production capabilities for our engines is a significant step forward in about our continuing ability to provide superior quality engines in the quantities needed to meet expanding market demand,” says Nelson Wilner, vice president at Kawasaki Engines Division.