Lincoln Kawasaki plant

The Lincoln Kawasaki railcar plant in Lincoln is shown in a file photo. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visited the plant in 2014.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announces Tuesday that it will establish a production line to manufacture cargo doors for Boeing’s 777X airplane at Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A., a Kawasaki subsidiary located in Lincoln.

This is the first time for Kawasaki to establish an aerostructures production line in the U.S., the company said in a press release.

The production equipment is scheduled for installation in a work area of about 30,100 square feet in the existing factory prior to March 2017. Production operations will start in May 2017.

The 777X is the newest member of Boeing’s 777 family, a twin-engine passenger airplane. Production at Boeing is set to begin in 2017, with the first delivery targeted for 2020.

Kawasaki is developing and manufacturing forward and mid-fuselage panels, main landing gear wells, pressure bulkheads and cargo doors for the 777X. For the production work of the cargo door at the Lincoln factory, Kawasaki will use an automated riveting machine and a painting robot that was developed in-house, the press release said.

The Lincoln factory began producing motorcycles in 1974 as a factory of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. It later was independently incorporated as KMM in 1981. The factory produces, among other products, all-terrain vehicles, the Jet Ski personal watercraft and railway vehicles.

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