Since 1969, Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA has been a fixture of the Orange County, California landscape. Their massive facility and operations headquarters in Irvine located “on the other side of the tracks” and its Kawasaki museum has been a place to behold for decades. Now, just in time for the company’s 50th anniversary in the United States, Kawasaki will be moving to a new North American corporate headquarters in Foothill Ranch.
Kawasaki signed a new 15-year lease on a 200,000 square-foot facility a mere four miles from its present location in Irvine, and will finally move into the fully-renovated complex (officially) June 27th, 2016. The new complex (26972 Burbank, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610-2506) will retain the same PO Box mailing address and phone number, as to stave off further confusion.
“Our purpose in securing a new corporate headquarters is centered around two primary objectives,” stated Masa Nakagawa, president and CEO, Kawasaki USA. “First, with more than 300 of our staff being based in or around Orange County, it is critical that our new location remain central to the community. Second, as Kawasaki celebrates its 50th Anniversary in the US in 2016, we wanted to cultivate a new environment that creates and exemplifies the Kawasaki brand and products, and we believe this new space will do just that.”
As per a report in DealerNews.com, “the new headquarters will be a prominent fixture in the heart of Foothill Ranch, which is part of the city of Lake Forest, and is adjacent to the Foothill Ranch Towne Centre and other amenities. H. Hendy Architects will handle the internal design that will include all new finishes, modifications to allow more natural light, second floor offices, an expansive ground floor and a host of environmentally-friendly additions. The building will feature a mix of corporate offices, research and development facilities, racing and technical workshops, warehouse space and parking.”