The Yamaha Golf-Car Company hosted a grand opening event Thursday for its new YGC Specialty Vehicle & Distribution Center – Palmetto. The event was open to all YGC team members and additional members from third-party companies, other Yamaha business units, and local media.
Located about 10 miles northeast of YGC’s original facility, Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation in Newnan, Georgia, the new Palmetto location provides more opportunity for the growth of YGC’s future business. In YGC’s previous manufacturing location, it slowly outgrew its limited space and needed to find a new site that would accommodate its goals of streamlined production, improved shipping efficiency and more.
All YGC production team offices are now in one central location, allowing for improved communication, which is a stark contrast to its three separate buildings back in Newnan.
“YGC’s new Palmetto operation, along with our new online business portal, will allow us to expand and improve our operations,” YGC COO Doug Griffin said. “This helps us meet our goals of making it easier and more efficient for our customers to do business with us.”
The Palmetto location is 250,000 square feet, with the ability to expand, and can accommodate the increasing demand of the golf car business. Palmetto now offers the space needed for YGC to bring in a used car operation, purchase material directly from suppliers, and provide proper storage for both parts and vehicles. Previously in Newnan, completed vehicles were stored outside and subject to the weather; Palmetto provides various indoor storage enhancements that improve the overall presentation of cars to customers, saving on scrap and rework due to fading, water damage, etc.
YGC also commissioned the help of Georgia Institute of Technology to ensure the new layout and flow of the cars, materials, etc. were optimized to be as efficient as possible. Labor requirements are reduced due to the restructuring of the assembly line, the workforce no longer needing to wash and clean as much or work outside in the elements. Additional trailer spaces, dock doors for unloading material, and dock doors for shipping/loading directly from inside the plant allow YGC to facilitate the safe movement and production of more product.