Outdoor Power Equipment

July 2017

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12 JULY 2017 OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT www.outdoorpowerequipment.com Kawasaki Engines celebrates grand reopening of Grand Rapids headquarters increased responsiveness, and enhanced ability to recruit and retain top engineering talent from Chicago and Detroit. The renovated facility features an open design, allowing for greater inter-departmental collaboration and providing the staff with modern, light-filled work and meeting spaces. The new offices and cubicles were designed so that anticipated future expansion can be accomplished with minimal disruption. The blending of light colors and wood with Kawasaki's signature red logo color provides a contemporary feel to both work and public spaces. The facility also has a modernized cafeteria and fitness room for the approximately 130 employees to enjoy. Kawasaki Engines, a division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC), celebrated the grand reopening of its headquarters in grand fashion May 18 in Grand Rapids, Mich. The event was attended by nearly 160 people, including many of Kawasaki's top executives, local officials, and approximately a dozen dealers. It featured tours of the renovated office space and new research and development (R&D) center, a formal ribbon-cutting and flag-raising ceremony, and lunch with a traditional Japanese Sake Toast and live entertainment. "We've all come together here today to celebrate the grand reopening of our R&D lab," said Dave Sugden, director of research & development of Kawasaki Engines. "This state- of-the-art facility will ensure that Kawasaki remains in a dominant position in the marketplace. It is with great pleasure that we dedicate this lab to our future success." The renovation included approximately 66,500 of the building's 200,000 square footage. The highlight of the building's new look is the new state-of-the-art R&D center, which was previously outsourced to KMC's engine production facility in Maryville, Mo. However, Kawasaki decided to make the move of its R&D operations to the newly renovated facility in Grand Rapids for three strategic reasons: close collaboration between the engineering staff and sales team, closer proximity to its OEM customers for INDUSTRY NEWS New state-of-the-art research and development center

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