Suzuki Motor of America Inc. said its Thailand manufacturing facility in Thanyaburi, Pathum Thani Province recently hit a major milestone — the production of its millionth outboard motor.
The factory has been producing outboards here since 1999 — it currently builds its 2.5- to 30-hp 4-strokes at the facility — reaching the million-motor goal in 21 years and one month. It was open in 1968 as the first motorcycle plant for Suzuki outside of Japan.
“This state-of-the-art, highly efficient manufacturing center has been very important to our meeting increasing demand for Suzuki outboards — particularly during these unusual and challenging times,” said Suzuki Motor America marine division vice president George “Gus” Blakely in a statement.
“Superior efficiency and quality control have always been hallmarks of this facility, and these traits will continue to support our future growth as we increase Suzuki sales across the U.S. We congratulate the entire Thai Suzuki team for the remarkable accomplishment of manufacturing 1 million ‘Ultimate Outboard Motors,’” said Blakely.
Last month, Suzuki Motor of America Inc. said a plan is in motion to restructure its U.S.-based operations, reorganizing its marine and motorcycle/ATV divisions as two companies that will run as separate entities to go forward on April 1 of next year.