Concerns being raised in Japan by executives of Kawasaki are causing worries to rise in Nebraska.
Kawasaki has reported deep losses in its rail car division with much of the blame falling on its operations in Lincoln.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries earlier this week reported losses of approximately $31.6 million for the first two quarters of the fiscal year.
The division which manufacturers rail cars lost $78 million over the six-month period. Kawasaki sited cost overruns in Lincoln. Material and production costs have risen. Rail car defects have increased, driving up the cost of making repairs.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries President Yoshinori Kanehana visited the Lincoln facility in September. Kawasaki has operated in Nebraska since 2001. It now has approximately 600 employees making rail cars with the rest of its 2,000 employees making all-terrain vehicles, utility vehicles, and jet skis.