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Yamaha to expand logistics facility

KENNESAW, Ga. – Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A. has broken ground on a 220,000-square-foot expansion of its logistics facility in Kennesaw, Ga. as part of a plan to increase both the capacity and efficiency of its operations there, the company reported in a recent statement.

“Our number one priority is achieving the highest customer satisfaction in the industry,” said Phil Dyskow, Yamaha Marine Group President. “We’ve been making improvements and building our marine infrastructure with customer satisfaction in mind. This expansion will allow us to increase the inventory of vital parts and accessories and reduce the time from order to delivery.”

The Yamaha Kennesaw facility occupies some 33 acres and currently includes 100,000 square feet of office space and 200,000 square feet of warehouse space, according to the company. The expansion, which is expected to be completed in March 2009, will increase warehouse space to approximately 420,000 square feet. In addition, the company said it expects efficiency gains of 20 to 25 percent due to the installation of new order tracking and conveyance systems and the consolidation of operations with other Yamaha logistics facilities.

With the expansion, Yamaha will install a new lighting system designed to be 50-percent more efficient than the current system, which it expects will result in power use that is the same as or less than the current facility.

About 50 percent of the activity in the Kennesaw logistics facility supports Yamaha Marine Group. The facility also supports other Yamaha products and businesses, including watercraft, motorcycles, ATVs and golf carts, the company stated.
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