Press Releases

First Look at Kawasaki’s Engines Division Headquarters Renovation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (May 17, 2016)---The Engines Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. last year announced the pending consolidation of most of the division’s business components in a significantly renovated headquarters facility in Grand Rapids. With the project’s completion expected later this year, the open design of the facility will allow for greater inter-departmental collaboration and provide staff with modern, light-filled work and meeting spaces.

Kawasaki Engine Division Expands UPS Distribution Arrangement to Include Dallas Facility

Added distribution center to cut delivery time to dealers.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Feb 3, 2016) ---The Engine Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. was one of the industry’s early adopters of parts warehouse and delivery outsourcing, and the move to UPS logistics services several years ago has proven to be a major benefit to Kawasaki’s dealer network. The company is announcing an expansion of its arrangement with UPS to include a new full service warehouse in Dallas, effective this month

Kawasaki’s New Electronic Fuel Injection System Now On First FXSeries Engine

Company hits bulls-eye with its most advanced EFI ever.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Oct. 23, 2015)--- Kawasaki’s new FX730V-EFI engine utilizes the most technologically advanced EFI system ever built by the company. It incorporates a fully integrated electronic governor and an advanced ECU that instantly matches power to cutting load and ground speed. These new features will allow professional landscapers to mow lawns more efficiently with the same Kawasaki performance and reliability they have come to expect.

Engine Division At Kawasaki Promotes Sales Executives And Restructures Territories, Adding More Staff

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Oct. 19, 2015)—In order to accommodate planned sales growth and dealer network expansion, the Engine Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has partially reorganized its dealer sales structure, including several key promotions and staff additions.

The company has promoted Karen Howard from senior national sales manager, dealer channel to the position of director for dealer sales, international distributor sales, marketing and order services.

Kawasaki’s Engine Division Promotes Two Department Heads Responsible For Key Operations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Oct. 15, 2015)—The Engine Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has announced the promotion of two executives, one heading the company’s logistics, information technology, and parts management team, and the other overseeing the division’s advertising, public relations and promotional activities.

Kawasaki Joins With National Hispanic Landscape Alliance In Outreach To Fast-Growing Industry Segment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (July 27, 2015)---The Engines Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has joined in a partnership with the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA), becoming one of the organization’s Supporting Members and helping it to facilitate and promote the advancement of Hispanic-Americans as landscape industry professionals and leaders.

“Kawasaki is proud to join forces with the NHLA as it broadens efforts to reach out and deliver substantive tools that will ultimately improve the contributions made by members of our industry,” said Rodger Howe, vice president.

New Field Service Advisor Program Highlights Kawasaki’s Continuing Enhancement Of Dealer Services Activities

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (July 22, 2015)---The Engines Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is enhancing its existing dealer services capability with the formation and staffing of remote Field Service Advisor offices in four regional centers. The offices will be located in Atlanta, Ga., Fort Worth, Tex., Eatontown, NJ, and at the division’s Grand Rapids, Mich. headquarters facility.

Kawasaki’s Engines Division To Consolidate All Functions Including Research & Development In A Single Office Complex In Grand Rapids, Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Apr. 20, 2015)---The Engines Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is consolidating all aspects of its management and product development processes in a single facility in Grand Rapids. The company is launching a significant renovation of its existing facilities to accommodate the move of the Research and Development Engineering group, along with related functions, from Maryville, Mo. to Grand Rapids.

Kawasaki’s Malinowski Promoted to Director Position at Company’s Engine Division

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Apr. 2, 2015)---The Engine Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. announced today the promotion of Timothy J. Malinowski to the position of director, national OEM sales & product development. Malinowski, who joined Kawasaki in 1998 and has held several sales positions at the company, most recently held the title of senior sales manager-OEM sales.

The promotion is effective immediately.

Kawasaki's FX1000V Powers Guinness World Record

Dixie Chopper sets 24-hour mark.

There are numerous avenues to international recognition, symbolized by inclusion in the iconic Guinness World Records list.  And, as they say, getting there is half the fun.

Kawasaki provided the powerplant for a recent record-setting mowing effort made by Dixie Chopper’s Eli Kean.  Kean, the company’s marketing manager, spent a full day and night perched aboard their XCaliber 3574 as he set the record for “Largest Area of Grass Mowed by a Single-Deck Ride-On Mower in 24 Hours.”

Ohno Returns To Helm Kawasaki Engine Division As Current General Manager Kobayashi Moves To Tokyo Offices

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (July 18, 2014)---Fumihiro “Clint” Ohno, who previously held the General Manager position at Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. Engine Division, is returning to that post as Senior Vice President to replace Naoto “Nate” Kobayashi, a company veteran of nearly 30 years, who will take a public relations role in the Motorcycle & Engine Company planning division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Executive Promotions at Kawasaki's Engine Division

Howe promoted to VP, while Howard and Moskwa move up to Senior Managers and Lauer now a Senior Supervisor.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (July 7, 2014)---The Engine Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has promoted four members of its management team.  Leading the group announcement is Rodger Howe, who becomes Vice President.  He is joined by Karen Howard, Senior Manager, National Sales-Dealer and select Distributor Channels, Tom Moskwa, Senior Manager, Engineering & Technical Services, and Lorraine Lauer, who becomes Senior Administrative Sales Supervisor.

Two New OEM Sales Manager Appointments at Kawasaki

Huyser and Hyde Strengthen KMC’s Growing Engine Business.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Jan. 9, 2014)---The Engines and Power Products Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is strengthening its OEM sales operations with the addition of two OEM sales managers who will report to Tim Malinowski, senior sales manager-OEM sales.  Malinowski said that the appointments of Bryant Huyser and Darrell Hyde are effective immediately.

Kawasaki engines and power products Division Names Seasoned Executive to Head OEM Sales Activities

Malinowski’s sales team experience to bolster growth.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Nov. 19, 2013)—The Engines and Power Products Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. today announced the promotion of Timothy J. Malinowski to the position of senior sales manager-OEM sales. The promotion is effective immediately.

Kawasaki Becomes Exclusive Supplier of Engines to Excel Industries North American Turf Market

Hustler Turf Equipment and BigDog Mowers Brands to be fitted with 18 different engines.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Sept. 18, 2012)---The Engine and Power Products Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp, U.S.A., today announced a unique exclusivity arrangement to supply engines for inclusion in Excel Industries North American turf products marketplace. 

Kawasaki Rolls Engine Number Seven Million Off Maryville Production Line

MARYVILLE, Mo.---Officials at Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A. and the Engine and Power Products Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. recently joined together at the Maryville, Mo. engine assembly plant to celebrate seven million engines having come off the facility’s production lines.  Executives recognized the accomplishment—achieved in less than 23 years—by pouring a bottle of champagne over an FX651V overhead valve v-twin engine.

Kawasaki Names New District Manager To Join Sales Team

Joe Butt will service dealers in broad territory. 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Nov. 17, 2011)---Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. Engines and Power Products Division has announced the hiring of Joe Butt to the position of district manager in the company’s sales organization.  Butt will be based in Cincinnati and have responsibility for a territory that includes Southern Ohio, Southern Indiana, Southern Illinois, Kentucky, West Virginia and western counties of Virginia.

Kawasaki Engines Now Sae Certified: New Classification Assures Customer Of 98% Power Delivery

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2011)---Following the August unveiling of a new engine ratings procedure instituted by Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. Engine and Power Products Division, the company announced at The Green Industry and Equipment Expo (GIE) in Louisville that the “Critical Power” ratings approach has been awarded SAE International certification. 

Garland Allison Newest District Manager At Kawasaki

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Sept. 13, 2011)—Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. Engine and Power Products Division has named Garland (Gar) Allison to the position of district manager. 

Allison, who has been with Kawasaki for more than a year, recently held the title of OEM sales coordinator, working in the division’s Grand Rapids headquarters.  He will assume the primary dealer contact role in an area that includes Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and three counties in Illinois.

Kawasaki’s New “Critical Power” Engine Ratings Clarify Horsepower Output For Consumers

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Aug. 25, 2011)---Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. Engine and Power Products Division will begin rating its engines next month in accordance with SAE J2723. This marks a broad departure for the industry and Kawasaki officials believe this Critical Power rating will alleviate end user confusion over horsepower labeling and “usable” power.

Update From Kawasaki Regarding Japan Earthquake And Tsunami Effect On General Purpose Engines And Power Products Manufacturing Facilities

Kawasaki’s Akashi, Japan production facilities, and their OEM supplier facilities for handheld power products were not directly affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami that caused so much devastation in the northern part of the country.  However, the company obviously relies on outside component suppliers and vendors in order to complete and deliver finished products, and Kawasaki is understandably sensitive to the issues that many of them could be facing as a result of the recent tragedy.

Kawasaki Increases Engine Warranty To Three Years

Aggressive move applies to all engines.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Oct. 28, 2010)—If durability is one of the standards by which engines are measured in the commercial lawn and garden industry, then Kawasaki has just upped the ante considerably.  The Engines and Power Products Division, based here, announced a 50 percent increase in the length of its warranty coverage for  all of its engine categories, effective with unit sales beginning Nov. 1, 2010.

Fumihiro “Clint” Ohno Assumes Top Position At Kawasaki Engines And Power Products Division

Yoshiteru “Yoshi” Ueda returns to Japan.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Dec. 21, 2010)---Fumihiro “Clint” Ohno has been named to assume the position of General Manager of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.’s Engines and Power Products Division, effective Jan. 1, 2011.  Ohno replaces Yoshiteru “Yoshi” Ueda, who will return to the General Purpose Engine Division in Japan.

Kawasaki Engines And Power Products Appoints New Oem Sales Manager

Company veteran Laura Holtrop promoted in growing sales category. 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Aug. 4, 2010) -The Engines and Power Products Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has announced the promotion of Laura Holtrop to the position of OEM Sales Manager. She joins Tim Malinowski, the other OEM Sales Manager, and Senior OEM Sales Manager, Randy Lockyear, in helping to further expand this growing segment.

Kawasaki Engines & Power Products Division Announces Major Change To Its Distribution Operations

Fast-growing division will partner with UPS to speed products to dealers.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Aug. 3, 2010)---Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.  Engine and Power Products Division will initiate a new storage and distribution system for its parts, accessories, handheld power products and engines.  The company announced it will partner with UPS to consolidate and streamline all elements of the distribution business that support its dealers.

Kawasaki Handheld Power Products Dealers And Their Salespersons Literally Let The Good Times Roll

Promotion winners awarded Prairie® ATVs.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Apr. 23, 2009)—Kawasaki continues to see an increase in the retail popularity of its growing handheld power products line, and a few fortunate authorized dealers recently benefited from this upsurge in sales. Three dealerships were randomly selected and each awarded two Kawasaki Prairie® ATVs, the result of a sweepstakes promotion held late last year.

Kawasaki Now Offers 3-Year Consumer Warranty On Fr, Fs, And Fx Engines

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (July 28, 2009)---Adding strength to its commitment to the consumer marketplace, the Engines and Power Products Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has increased the consumer warranty on selected engine groupings to three years. Engines affected by this new warranty coverage are the FR, FS, and FX series, which totals 22 separate engines.

Kawasaki Selects Stens, Llc For Canadian Distribution Of Engines And Handheld Power Products

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Jan. 16, 2009)—The Engines and Power Products Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., will initiate a new distribution arrangement for Canada, effective Jan. 19, 2009. Stens, LLC, headquartered in Jasper, Ind., will become the distributor of Kawasaki-branded replacement engines and handheld power products to a network of more than 500 independent dealers in Canada.

According to Rodger Howe, Kawasaki’s Director, Operations, Stens has an enviable record of providing distribution services in the outdoor power equipment industry.

Kawasaki Engines And Power Products Division Names New District Manager In Northeast

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Jan. 13, 2009)—Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.’s Engines and Power Products Division has named Russell Corey to assume district field sales responsibility for a portion of the Northeast market. Corey will be responsible for the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, as well asNew York’s Long Island.

Kawasaki Launches New Website

Kawasaki Launches New Website Supporting Engines And Power Products Business.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Oct. 9, 2008)--Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has launched a totally new look for its heavily visited website ( covering the company’s engines and power products business. An updated, easy-to-navigate appearance for the website matches the look and feel of the division’s advertising and provides in-depth information on the company and its rapidly expanding product lines.

Kawasaki Engine Division Announces Major Personnel Moves

Kent Murakami, longtime G.M., will retire and be replaced by KMM’s Yoshiteru Ueda; Ohno, Howe, and Lockyear broaden responsibilities.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Oct. 8, 2008)—Katsuyuki (Kent) Murakami, general manager of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.’s Engines and Power Products Division based here, announced that he will retire effective the end of this year. He will be replaced by

Two New Kawasaki Trimmers Have 30% More Engine Capacity

Two new models are “beefed up” for heavy-duty trim jobs.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Kawasaki is introducing two new string trimmers built for heavy-duty grass and weed trimming. The KBL35A and the KGT35A are both powered by Kawasaki’s new TJ35E engine that features a hefty 34.4cc (2.1 displacement, which delivers plenty of power for cutting through the toughest grass.

Kawasaki's Karen Howard Promoted To National Sales Manager, Dealer Channel

Veteran KMC employee takes on a new role as company growth continues.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (July, 2008) - Karen Howard, a 16-year veteran of Kawasaki Engines and Power Products Division, has been promoted to national sales manager, dealer channel, from her position as manager, marketing and sales services. The promotion was announced in conjunction with the company’s annual District Managers Meeting.

Kawasaki's Greg Knott Promoted To Engineering Services Manager

Veteran KMC employee takes on a new role as company growth continues. 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (July, 2008) –Greg Knott, a ten-year veteran of Kawasaki Engines and Power Products Division, has been promoted to engineering services manager from his position as Applications Engineering Manager. The promotion was announced in conjunction with the company’s annual District Managers Meeting.

The Kawasaki Brand Has An Enviable Record Of Engineering Strength And Performance In Numerous Fields

Engines and Power Products deliver on the heritage built over more than 125 years.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Each time somebody maneuvers a mower powered by a Kawasaki engine, or performs landscaping tasks with one of the company’s new KCL25A hedge trimmers, or handles clean-up chores with a KRH300A blower—they are benefiting from a history of performance that few brands can match.

New Kawasaki Hedge Clippers Reduce Fuel Consumption And Satisfy The Most Demanding Commercial Users

KCL525A/AC and KCS525A/AC can save up to 25 percent of fuel costs.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Professional landscape managers and contractors can do a better job of keeping shrubs, hedges, and trees clipped and pruned neatly with the KCL525A and KCS525A hedge clippers from Kawasaki. And, as the cost of gasoline seems to increase daily, users get an added bonus of up to 25 percent savings in fuel costs as compared to the TJ207D engine used in previous models.

New Additions To Kawasaki's Handheld Power Products Line Signal Continued Interest In Satisfying Both Professionals And Homeowners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Kawasaki’s complete line of handheld power products has been engineered to offer both performance and durability to commercial users and homeowners. With products delivering optimum power matched with ease-of-use, the brand’s justifiable reputation with professional landscapers and garden maintenance crews is well-deserved.

New Kawasaki Trimmer Cuts Both Fuel Use And Emissions

KTF27A/AC offers a broad list of professional grade features.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The newest string trimmer from Kawasaki, the KTF27A (KTF27AC-Calif. model), cuts fuel consumption up to 25 percent compared to the TJ027D engine used on previous models. It also reduces exhaust emissions to meet the toughest EPA and CARB requirements, and features a newly designed guard and a new gear-reduction drive head that increases cutter head torque for faster trimming.

Powerful New Kawsaki Handheld Blower Combines Cleaning Power And Decreased Fuel Consumption

KRH300A/AC cleans up in the category, and does it with maximum efficiency.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Clean-up chores following mowing and landscape maintenance jobs can be accomplished more quickly with the new Kawasaki KRH300A (KRH300A/AC in Calif.) handheld blower. Matching its performance characteristics is the new unit’s ability to deliver up to a 25 percent decrease in fuel consumption compared to the TJ027D.

Operator Friendly Kawasaki Trimmer Is Field-Tested

KGT27B provides perfect mix of comfort and performance.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With years of “in the field” experience, the Kawasaki KGT27B commercial string trimmer ranks as one of the most popular trimmers with professional landscape managers. This is due to performance characteristics and durability as well as ongoing recommendations from crews using the KGT27B on a daily basis.

Pro Service Program Is A "Win-Win" For Kawasaki And Its Dealers

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan—In its first two years, the Kawasaki Engines/Power Products Division’s Pro Service Dealer Program has proved to be an overwhelming success for Kawasaki and its Pro Service dealers.

Introduced in the spring of 2004, the program was created by Kawasaki to provide better customer service to its dealers, and in turn, help dealers provide a new level of service to their customers and boost store sales. In two years, dealer participation has grown in excess of 50 percent, as more and more dealers are invited by Kawasaki to join the innovative program.