Lt. Gov. Cagle visits Yamaha
by Clay Neely
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle was in Newnan Tuesday to tour Yamaha’s manufacturing plant on Highway 34 East.
Cagle’s visit was aimed at highlighting the success of Georgia manufacturing and to discuss the various ways the state can support jobs in this sector.
Phil Trickey, vice president of Finance and Administration for Yamaha, gave a brief presentation to Cagle, noting Yamaha’s recent decision to transfer its ATV production from Japan to Newnan as a major milestone for the economic development of the county.
With more than 1,350 employees, Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation, which also produces golf carts and personal water sport vehicles, is one of Coweta’s largest employers and currently projects to have 1,600 employees by the end of 2016.
Along with the high rate of employees, Yamaha, along with Club Car and EZ-Go in Augusta, produce 95 percent of the golf carts that are currently in use worldwide – with the Newnan facility producing an average of 50,000 units annually.
Cagle’s visit was aimed to highlight the success of Georgia manufacturing and discuss the various ways the state can support jobs in the manufacturing sector – clarifying the significance that a company like Yamaha not only plays locally but statewide.
“Manufacturing is a major factor in Georgia’s economy – not only in recruiting but helping new industries,” Cagle said. “We’ve been named the best state to do business in and want to make sure that companies like Yamaha continue to have everything they need to grow and expand.”
“In 2012, Governor Nathan Deal signed tax reform legislation that exempted sales tax off energy in an effort to help manufacturing,” Cagle said. “My visit is primarily aimed to discover how Georgia can help companies like Yamaha – not only by continued expansion but also through their success in creating jobs.”