April 11, 2020
Suzuki has announced plans to open an engine development and testing facility in Panama City, Florida. The new Suzuki Marine Technical Center USA will be located on a 20-acre property currently under renovation from damage caused by Hurricane Michael. Improvements to the seawall, docks, launch ramp and buildings are in the works; the site had previously been used for Marine Transportation's logistical headquarters and a Florida State University research facility. Once it's up and running, Suzuki says the center will employ three to five people in the first year, with additional part-time employees depending on the workload. Over the next three years, Suzuki expects to add additional employees every year as the scope of operation grows. In addition, Suzuki intends to use the facility for new product launches, testing, and training. Suzuki has more than 1,200 dealers and does business with more than 150 U.S.-based boat companies, who along with engineers from Japan, will be visiting the facility. For more information about Suzuki's full range of premium quality outboard motors from 2.5 to 350 horsepower, visit www.suzukimarine.com.