When opened in 2001, the Suzuki Manufacturing of America Corporation (SMAC) created hundreds of jobs in Rome, Ga., to assemble Suzuki’s 400cc and 500cc ATVs. Now celebrating 14 years of ATV assembly, the facility today has expanded to cover more than 130,000 square feet on a 35-acre site in the suburb northwest of Atlanta. Workers there now handle metal fabrication, injection molding, and engine assembly in the process of assembling Suzuki’s complete line of award-winning KingQuad ATVs. “The SMAC facility has produced over 400,000 ATVs that have been distributed not only here in the U.S., but also to our Suzuki distribution partners around the world,” added Rod Lopusnak, Director, Operations Head, Motorcycle/ATV Sales Operations.
To commemorate the special anniversary, Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart, leaders of the RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing Supercross team, toured the facility with the Fox Sports 1 TV crew leading up to this weekend’s AMA Supercross race in nearby Atlanta. Carmichael, multi-time Supercross champ and Suzuki rider, joined Hart in cutting the 14th Anniversary cake. He and Hart also spent time with the SMAC employees in celebration of the event, and the two signed autographs at the facility.
The SMAC facility’s recent addition of engine assembly makes Suzuki even more responsive to the needs of its dealers and customers in 52 countries around the world. The expansion also adds manufacturing jobs in this northwest Georgia town, and reaffirms Suzuki’s commitment to assembling KingQuad ATVs in the United States.