Osaka, Japan-based Yanmar Co., Ltd., a global company with its U.S. regional headquarters in Adairsville, Ga., is to open a new training and customer experience facility.
According to a Nov. 1 release of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the expansion of the Yanmar America Corp. in Cherokee County, is to create 25 jobs and represents an investment of $20 million.
Established in 1912, Yanmar Co. Ltd. in 1933 was the world’s first manufacturer to develop a small diesel engine. Today it manufactures advanced performance diesel engines, equipment and gas engine based energy systems.
These include branded industrial and marine diesel engines, diesel generators, micro cogeneration and gas head pump energy system solutions, compact construction equipment and compact utility tractors.
new jobs are expected to be related to administration, marketing, service, training and management.
Yanmar’s current facility in Adairsville includes 500,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse and office space and has more than 200 employees with responsibilities for North American and Latin American dealers, distributors and customers of original equipment manufacturers.
The new facility is to be located within the Cherokee 75 Corridor at 1 Yanmar Drive on the corner of Highway 92 and Old Alabama Road.
Tim Fernandez, president of Yanmar America, said in the release that he appreciates the county’s “natural beauty,” and its officials for sharing “our vision for promoting sustainability and agriculture.”
“The site’s proximity to our current headquarters in Adairsville and the Atlanta airport is also ideal for bringing in our customers from all over the globe,” he added.
L.B. Ahrens Jr., chairman of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners, told Global Atlanta that he very much likes the scope of activities the Yanmar facility is to bring to the county. “…marketing, training, customer experience, products to see/touch, etc., This adds to the mix of other manufacturing, warehousing and distribution tenants. The proximity of Chattahoochee Technical College just two miles away provides a valuable resource for these new businesses.”
Having spent 35 years in an international business career, he added that he is encouraged by the interest of global companies in establishing themselves in the county.