IJSBA is pleased to share this press release with the Personal Watercraft Community.  We knew a lot of watercraft have been produced but certainly took a pause that 1 million WaveRunners have been produced.  A lot of these WaveRunners have made their way around an IJSBA course.  It is wonderful to be part of the heritage.  Enjoy the exciting news below:


Yamaha WaterCraft Celebrates One Millionth WaveRunner

Event Marks 29 Years Since the First Personal Watercraft Was Produced by Yamaha at Newnan, Georgia Based Manufacturing Facility

March 27, 2018 – Newnan, GA – Yamaha WaterCraft Group, a division of Yamaha Motor Corporation USA, together with Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America (YMMC), announced the one millionth Yamaha WaveRunner personal watercraft rolled off the line at its manufacturing facility in Newnan, GA.

The one millionth model was a 2018 Yamaha VX Deluxe WaveRunner in Black and Azure Blue Metallic.  The event marks the culmination of more than 29 years of manufacturing personal watercraft at the Georgia based facility with the first WaveRunner having been produced on Monday, November 21, 1988 at 7:00 a.m.

“This is a historic event for the entire team here at YMMC, marking the culmination of so much hard work and effort from our Georgia based employees over the years to produce great products for our customers,” said Mike Chrzanowski, president of Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America.  “We were proud to be able to pause the assembly line and have the entire team join us for a group photo and celebration around the one millionth WaveRunner, and notably there were several members who were here when the first one was produced.  More than anything, we recognize that one million WaveRunners means one million opportunities for our customers to enjoy great experiences on the water.”

“We are honored to produce our watercraft in Georgia and impact the lives of so many employees in our local community,” said Dean Burnett, president of Yamaha WaterCraft Group.  “This milestone is a testament to their hard work every day to produce these amazing personal watercraft that have created memorable outdoor recreational experiences for people all around the world.”

More information on Yamaha WaveRunners is available at www.YamahaWaveRunners.com

About Yamaha WaterCraft Group

Yamaha WaveRunners and Boats are products of the Yamaha WaterCraft Group, a division of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. Headquartered in Kennesaw, Georgia, the Yamaha WaterCraft Group is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of Yamaha watercraft in the United States.  More information is available at www.YamahaWaveRunners.com


This document contains many of Yamaha's valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identification purposes only and are not intended to be an endorsement.


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