Kawasaki holds grand opening for Aerospace Division at Lincoln factory – Omaha World-Herald

Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp. held a grand opening Thursday for its new Aerospace Division at the Lincoln Kawasaki factory.

The factory will produce cargo doors for Boeing’s 777X aircraft, a passenger plane set to debut in 2020.

“Kawasaki’s continued investment in Nebraska is helping to grow our state with great opportunities,” said Gov. Pete Ricketts, who attended Thursday’s ceremony. “Kawasaki’s decision to expand operations in Nebraska demonstrates our competitive position in the global economy and the importance of international trade missions to bringing investment to Nebraska.”

Ricketts visited with leaders from Kawasaki during a trade mission to Japan in 2015.  Ricketts announced Thursday that he will make another trade mission to Japan from Sept. 10-16.

“Kawasaki is honored to continue this strong partnership here in Lincoln at Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp.,” the company said in a press release. “They look forward to being a strong and trusted partner on the 777X project and hope to continue to develop the relationship on future projects.”

Kawasaki is developing and manufacturing forward and mid-fuselage panels, main landing gear wells, pressure bulkheads and cargo doors for the 777X. For the production work of the cargo door at the Lincoln factory, Kawasaki will use an automated riveting machine and a painting robot that was developed in-house, according to the company’s press release.

The Lincoln factory began producing motorcycles in 1974 as a factory of Kawasaki Motors Corp. It later was independently incorporated as KMM in 1981. The factory produces, among other products, all-terrain vehicles, the Jet Ski personal watercraft and railway vehicles.

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