Yamaha's YFZ2450R "race "ready" sport all terrain vehicle (Photo courtesy of Yamaha Motorsports USA)

Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S.A. announced June 11 that it has consolidated its all-terrain vehicle (ATV) production from overseas to its facility in Newnan.

The company also has opened a second assembly plant in Newnan for the production of side-by-side vehicles, including its new Viking model that can hold three people.

Production of the Viking model alone is expected to create 100 new jobs with 300 more jobs anticipated over the next three to five years.

Yamaha currently employs more than 1,250 people in Newnan, up from 1,100 since the ATV production transfer began in 2011.

“Yamaha continues to ramp up U.S. production thanks to the ATV production transfer, the introduction of all-new products like the Viking, and improving market conditions,” said Mike Martinez, vice president of Yamaha’s ATV/SxS group, in a press release.

“The U.S. is the world’s largest ATV and SxS market with more than 70 percent of global sales. It makes great business sense for Yamaha to manufacture these products right here in the U.S. for worldwide distribution,” he added.