Kawasaki to add 550 jobs amid expansion at Lincoln plant

Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 9:08 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 19, 2021 at 9:42 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp. announced a major expansion to the company’s current facilities in northwest Lincoln.

According to Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A., the company will spend upward of $200 million on the Consumer Products division at the Lincoln plant, over the next 18 months.

The proposal included an expansion of assembly, paint and welding lines, along with the addition of “significant” automation of some processes at the facility, a press release said. Despite the move, Kawasaki said 550 full-time positions would be added to both the Consumer Products division and the rail car project during the next year and a half.

Employment opportunities will include fabrication, welding and assembly primarily for side by side products and rail car projects.

No positions will be eliminated, the company said.

“Our goal is to grow our workforce,” Jason Hellbusch, corporate director of administration for Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A. said in an email to 1011NOW. “We know that the labor market is extremely competitive in this area, therefore the automation will help us to meet our labor requirements.”

Hellbush said the facility’s training department will be tasked with training current and future employees to operate and program any new or automated equipment.

The current facility covers about 2.4 million square feet and employs more than 2,400 people between the divisions of Consumer Products, Rail Car and Aerospace.

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