Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held on Monday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. for the $21 million manufacturing facility of the Yanmar Manufacturing America Corp. (YMA) to be built in the Georgia North Industrial Park of Adairsville/Bartow County.

YMA’s parent company is Yanmar Diesel Engine Co., Ltd., of Osaka, Japan, one of the largest diesel engine manufacturers in the world. The investment represents the first by a Japanese company in Georgia since HL-A Co. Inc., which has a plant in Bremen that began production of specialized locks in January.  HL-A is owned by Honda Lock Manufacturing Co. based Miyazaki, Japan, which is a subsidiary of the Honda Motor Co. based in Tokyo.

Located some 55 miles northwest of Atlanta’s city limits, the YMA facility is to begin production of industrial and marine diesel engines beginning in the spring of 2000.

According to company officials, YMA plans to produce about 50,000 engines per year for both the U.S. and Europe by the year 2002.

Among the officials scheduled to attend the groundbreaking are Fumihiro Kano, president of YMA, Yasuo Saito, Japan’s consul general based in Atlanta, Randy Cardoza, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism (GDITT), Hidetaka (Tac) Ishii, senior project manager, GDITT, Bartow County Commissioner Clarence Brown, Adairsville Mayor Doyal Tenson, and James Jarrett, chairman of the Cartersville/Bartow County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call Rebecca Thompson at (404) 651-8578 or send an E-mail to or visit the Yanmar Diesel Web site at