Representative Barry Loudermilk (R-Georgia) visited the Yamaha Marine Innovation Center Jan. 8 in Kennesaw, Georgia. During the visit, Rep. Loudermilk toured the new 75,280 square foot facility, which houses the Yamaha Marine Connected Division as well as Yamaha U.S. Marine Development, Yamaha Marine Product Management and Yamaha Marine Technical Marketing. He also met with employees and learned more about Yamaha’s current career opportunities as well as the company’s economic impact within Georgia.
“Yamaha makes its home in Georgia because of the exceptional opportunities the state offers for growth and development. We employ 2,300 team members across four major facilities in the state: the Marine Innovation Center, Yamaha’s Marine headquarters in Kennesaw, the Yamaha Motorsports and Intelligent Machinery Group headquarters in Marietta, and the Yamaha Motor Manufacturing (YMMC) facility in Newnan,” said Mike Chrzanowski, President, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. “The Marine Innovation Center represents the cutting edge of product development within our Marine division, currently employing 75 individuals with plans to fill an additional 30 positions in areas such as engineering, product planning and procurement. As we move more development and engineering to the U.S., we will continue to work with local universities to recruit for those positions. We’re excited to develop these innovative products here in Georgia.”
Products currently under development within the Yamaha Marine Innovation Center include DockPoint, a new prototype feature of Helm Master EX Full Maneuverability, which assists in docking a properly equipped boat at the touch of a finger, in addition to Siren Marine products, which allow customers to monitor and control the functionality of their boats from mobile devices, as well as new Yamaha WaterCraft vehicles and accessories.
Yamaha executives in attendance during Rep. Loudermilk’s visit to the Marine Innovation Center included Chrzanowski, Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit, Stephen Donnell, President, Yamaha Golf-Car Company, and Mike Martinez, President, Yamaha Motorsports Division.