BOONVILLE, MO—Kawasaki Motors has opened a new assembly plant here. The plant currently has one assembly line, but expects to add a second in July and two more next fall. Even with one assembly line, the plant employs some 80 people and turns out 1,200 engines for lawnmowers and other equipment per day.

Kawasaki now has two assembly plants in Missouri. The other factory, in Maryville, employs 950 people.

The Boonville factory could employ 300 people by the end of the year.