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36 THE SHOP AUGUST 2017 hen you think of Made in America, you usually don't think of Kawasaki, which is, of course, a Japanese company. When you think of diesel trucks, you usually don't think of smaller ATVs/UTVs. So, why did I decide to write about Kawasaki ATVs this month in my diesel truck column? Because I believe they have an interesting story to tell. ASSEMBLED IN AMERICA Kawasaki is the official ATV/UTV of our DIESEL Motorsports organization. These units, and others, are made right in the middle of the U.S., which creates jobs for many people. While traveling to one of our events, I had the pleasure of visiting and taking a tour of the Kawasaki manufacturing plant in Lincoln, Nebraska. I was shocked to see such a large plant with more than 1,800 employees running three shifts just north of the Lincoln air- port, sitting on about 335 acres. Kawasaki builds ATVs, side-by-sides and Jet Skis at this location. The engines are built in nearby Maryville, Missouri. I was also surprised to see that many parts of the units were actually made there at the facility, including welding of the frames, construction of their own diamond plate and wheel manufacturing for many brands of ATVs/UTVs. We've been testing a 993cc, 4-stroke Kawasaki's Diesel Mules have a red, white & blue streak. By Ron Knoch Frames for the Diesel Mules are bent and weld- ed by trained profession- als in the Kawasaki plant in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Mules move from station to station during the construction process. Each person has an important job on the unit's build and they take pride in their work.

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