Interior Secretary David Bernhardt Meets with Yamaha Golf-Car Company President Tom McDonald
Newnan, Ga. – Sep. 24, 2020 – Yamaha Golf-Car President Tom McDonald met today with Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt at the Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation (YMMC) facility in Newnan, Ga. During the event, Mike Chrzanowski, President of Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation (YMCC), and Ben Speciale, President of Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit, signed the President’s Pledge to America’s Workers, reinforcing Yamaha’s commitment to workforce development within its U.S. manufacturing facilities.
“It’s an honor to stand with our Yamaha family as we work together to develop a stronger workforce. The jobs created through Yamaha facilities in Georgia make a positive impact on our state’s economy and contribute to the growth of the outdoor industry overall,” said McDonald. “The golf industry supported $191.9 billion in total annual activity in 2016, including 1.9 million jobs and 58.7 billion in wages and benefits. The U.S. is experiencing record golf participation in recent months with rounds played up 14% in June, 19.7% in July and industry experts expect August results to show similar increases when posted next week. People love the great outdoors with many picking up the game of golf for the fun, exercise and comradery that it brings to our hectic lives. As ‘One Yamaha,’ we will continue to invest in the training and best practices necessary to create successful manufacturing career paths within each of our divisions. Our technician training facility in Kennesaw, Ga. ensures that same success for our Dealers and Distributors across the country.”
The Pledge to America’s Workers is an initiative that stemmed from President Trump’s National Council for the American Worker, which was established on July 19, 2019. The council leads a national strategy for training and re-training workers in high demand industries, such as recreational manufacturing. To date, more than 430 companies have signed the pledge contributing to more than 16 million new training opportunities for American students and workers over the next five years.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the powersports, marine and golf industries. The company's ever-expanding product offerings include Motorcycles and Scooters, ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles, Snowmobiles, WaveRunner Personal Watercraft, Boats, Outboard Motors, Outdoor Power Equipment, Power Assist Bicycles, Golf Cars, Power Assist Wheelchair Systems, Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machines, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of distributors and dealers in the United States.
YMUS has a corporate office in California, two corporate offices in Georgia, facilities in Wisconsin and Alabama, and factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. Additional U.S.-based Yamaha companies include Skeeter Boats (Texas), G3 Boats (Missouri), Bennet Marine (Florida), Yamaha Precision Propeller (Indiana), and Kracor, Inc. (Wisconsin).
The Yamaha Golf-Car Company builds from the 60-plus-year legacy of the Yamaha brand to manufacture the most innovatively engineered and highest quality golf, utility, and specialty vehicles in the golf industry. Yamaha Golf-Car Company is headquartered in Kennesaw, Georgia with assembly and production of all cars taking place at our Newnan, Georgia production facility. Yamaha was the first to develop Electronic Fuel Injection technology in a golf car (producing the best gas mileage and smallest carbon footprint); the first golf car with fully independent, four-wheel suspension (producing the smoothest ride in the game); and the first gas-powered car that is almost as quiet as an electric one.