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Gov. Ricketts Congratulates Kawasaki on its First Aerostructures Production Line in the U.S.

Kawasaki will establish an aerostructures production line in Lincoln

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LINCOLN – Today, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced that it will establish a production line to manufacture cargo doors for Boeing’s 777X airplane at Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A. (KMM), a Kawasaki subsidiary located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

“Nebraska has benefited greatly from Kawasaki’s presence in the state,” said Governor Pete Ricketts.  “Kawasaki’s decision to expand operations in Nebraska demonstrates our competitive position in the global economy.  These added jobs and investment will help grow the Nebraska economy and increase employment opportunities in our state.”

This September, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts met with Kawasaki leadership in Japan during his first trade mission to Asia.  Kawasaki appreciates its relationship with the State of Nebraska.  Efforts by the state government, like Governor Ricketts’ visit to Kawasaki in Japan, have helped strengthen that relationship and play a part in Kawasaki’s decision-making when expanding its presence in Nebraska.

This is the first time for Kawasaki to establish an aerostructures production line in the United States.  The production equipment is scheduled for installation in a work area of about 30,100 square feet in the existing factory prior to March 2017.  Production operations will start in May 2017.

Additional details on this project can be found in a news release from Kawasaki, which is attached.

Kawasaki Aerostructures Press Release (1-5-16)