In a year of milestones for Suzuki, the manufacturer\'s Georgia-based ATV manufacturing facility celebrated the production of its 250,000th ATV on March 31, 2008. Suzuki will also celebrate 2008 as the 25th anniversary production of the industry\'s first 4-wheeled ATV - the 1983 Suzuki LT-125 - with anniversary events scheduled throughout the summer.
In May 2002, Suzuki Manufacturing of America Corp. (SMAC) opened in
A commemorative ceremony was held at the factory on Monday, March 31, 2008 in front of an assembled group of factory employees, local dignitaries and media, invited guests and the Suzuki factory ATV race team - Team Rockstar / MSR / Suzuki / Yoshimura / Pro Taper.
SMAC\'s ATV Sales Manager Alan Horne began the ceremony by reflecting on the relationship of Suzuki and its host community of
In attendance was the Mayor of Rome, Wright Bagby, who graciously thanked Suzuki for helping the community expand its manufacturing base. "For the last 10 years, we have been fighting to save manufacturing jobs," Bagby said in front of a large commemorative banner. "With the help of people like the employees of Suzuki who were on the cutting edge of helping us turn around our manufacturing situation in the South and in
Kory Ellis, Team Rockstar / MSR / Suzuki / Yoshimura / Pro Taper\'s Manager, introduced Team Suzuki\'s Rockstar Makita ATV race team and thanked the employees of the factory for producing such great products and for all their support.
AMA ATV Motocross Series current points leader Dustin Wimmer rode the historic ATV off the production line to a cheering crowd. The red KingQuad 750 AXi 4x4 had been signed by all factory personnel. The team joined the mayor and other local government attendees in adding their signatures.
Mel Harris, Vice President of American Suzuki\'s Motorcycle/ATV division, was unable to attend but was proud of the achievement: "Congratulations to the city of