Cruising cornfields in the 2015 Mule PRO-FXT, it’s hard to imagine that, almost 120 years ago, Shozo Kawasaki was getting his start in the shipping business in Japan. It’s even harder to wrap your mind around all the projects Kawasaki has been involved with since then: fuselages for Boeing airplanes, subway cars for major cities across the U.S., motorcycles, ATV/UTVs, Jet Skis, high-speed trains, tunnel boring machines and bridges.
As it turns out, Kawasaki also makes one hell of a workhorse in the Mule PRO-FXT. Not only can it conquer just about any job you can throw at it around the farm, it’s also cocked, locked and ready to rock in the deer woods. Before it ever makes it to the field, the PRO-FXT is assembled in Lincoln, Nebraska, by a crack team of workers—many of whom have been there for decades.
Not only does the Lincoln facility assemble the Mule PRO-FXT, Jet Skis and ATVs, it also manufactures wheels and subway cars. It’s a lot to handle, but the factory runs smoothly because of state-of-the-art assembly line operations and the well-trained employees who staff them. We recently got an inside look at the facility and saw firsthand just what it takes to be built Kawasaki tough.
Take the tour:
<h2>Start Your Engines</h2>The main assembly line for the Mule PRO-FXT begins by mounting engines and transmissions to the frame of the vehicle. Mechanical hoists are used to raise and lower the engines, which are wheeled to the station on carts ready to assemble.