Pacer expands Yamaha business

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Pacer Distribution Services on Friday, Sept. 14, announced that it has expanded its business with Yamaha Motor Corp. by signing a multiyear agreement to provide a range of transportation and distribution services to Yamaha’s Motorsports and Watercraft divisions. Vehicles manufactured by these divisions include Yamaha motorcycles, ATVs, Side-by-Sides and Waverunner personal watercraft products, along with other on- and off-road vehicles.

Yamaha’s products manufactured in Asia are shipped each month to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Under the new contract, Pacer Distribution Services picks up the containers and drays them to its warehouse in Lynwood, Calif. At the warehouse, Pacer performs a variety of value-added services for Yamaha and then manages distribution of the vehicles to Yamaha’s network of West Coast dealers and other regionally located distribution centers.

Pacer already has been providing U.S. rail service to Yamaha Motor, a fact cited by Jason Schweizer, division manager for Yamaha Motors, when commenting on the new contract. “We had an existing relationship in place, and Pacer is a sizable, publically traded company, which provides some transparency to its operational fortitude,” says Schweizer. “Pacer’s solid corporate structure and capital flexibility enables it to expand with Yamaha’s growth and service the company’s changing needs.”