Naoto “Nate” Kobayashi has been named as the new general manager at the Engines and Power Products Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., based in Grand Rapids, MI. Kobayashi was most recently senior manager of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. Parts Sales Department. He joined the organization in 1985, originally employed in the General Purpose Engine Group.
“I’m looking forward to working with the entire team here in Grand Rapids as we focus our attention on the many growth opportunities that are in front of us,” said Kobayashi. “We have the products, programs, and people to achieve all of the objectives we’ve laid out.”
The division recently announced that its supplier will no longer make power products as of the close of this calendar year. Kobayashi sees the renewed emphasis on engines as being a significant factor in that growth pattern. Kawasaki currently markets more than 40 general purpose engines, many of which are produced by Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A., in its Marysville, Mo. facility, which has turned out in excess of seven million units.