Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing plant in Lincoln, Nebraska celebrated a milestone Wednesday when the 3,000,000th unit rolled off its production line.
Employees took a break from the routine work day to celebrate a milesone that could only be achieved through their hard work and dedication.
Assembly lines came to a halt and workers walked off the line Wednesday at the Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing (KMM) plant in Lincoln, Nebraska. No, it wasn’t an employee uprising. Production halted in order for workers to celebrate the 3,000,000th vehicle to roll of its assembly line, a 2011 Teryx 750 FI 4×4 Sport.
The Cars version of “Let the Good Times Roll” pumping out of loudspeakers heightened the mood as a thousand-plus employees and plant executives gathered in the ATV 4 crating area to witness the Kawasaki Green Teryx break through the ceremonial red ribbon. A rousing ovation filled the cavernous warehouse as the Teryx rolled down the tumblers of the loading dock. KMM President Matsuhiro Asano and Vice-President/Plant Manager Mike Boyle kicked off the celebration by thanking the employees for their efforts.
“It’s required a lot of sweat and hard work to reach this milestone, but your dedication has made this day possible,” Boyle said.
Over the 36 years it took to reach the three million units mark, KMM has produced 36 different models of motorcycles and seven different snowmobiles, 44 models of Jet Ski, 46 different ATVs, 44 models of Utility and Recreation Utility Vehicles, 27 different models of industrial robots and nine rail car types. Though the plant doesn’t produce motorcycles, snowmobiles or robots any longer, they are still an integral part to the plant’s storied history. The Lincoln Plant is currently responsible for the production of Jet Ski Watercraft, All-Terrain Vehicles, Utility Vehicles, ATV & UV rims, Recreation Utility Vehicles and rail cars. In the course of 36 years, 213 different models have come out of the factory.
The Teryx will now go on display in one of three employee entrances before becoming a permanent fixture in the Production Display Room where it will join other historically significant models, like the very first motorcycle to roll of its production line, a 1975 KZ400. Other vehicles in the collection include the 500,000th unit, a 1984 ZX900A which was produced on May 7, 1984, the 1,000,000th unit, a 1990 JS 650SX on August 10, 1990, and the 2,000,000th unit, a 2001 KAF 620-E that rolled off the line on September 7, 2000.
“This is a mere milestone for KMM’s continued growth,” President Asano said.