Kubota Tractor Corporation, the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota tractors and equipment, has announced plans for a new $73 million manufacturing plant in Jefferson, GA. Construction of the 500,000 square foot plant on the 88 acre plant site will begin in January 2012 for production of Kubota's 30 to 50 hp compact tractor models. Completion of the plant and full production is anticipated for January 2013.
The announcement comes on the heels of Kubota's recent milestone of 1.5 million units sold in the United States. The company began marketing in the U.S. in 1972, initially introducing a 12-horsepower, compact tractor. Today, Kubota is the industry leader in the under 40-horsepower tractor segment.
"At Kubota, we are deeply committed to the U.S. market, and are making strategic investments - such as this new manufacturing facility - to service the outstanding growth and strong customer demand for Kubota tractors," says Yuichi "Ken" Kitao, president of Kubota Tractor Corporation. "Our U.S. customers recognize and appreciate the quality, innovation and value that Kubota can deliver. They have responded exceptionally well to our full-line of tractors and equipment, which is why we are further strengthening our presence and expanding our business here."
The new plant will be located on the same site as the current Kubota Industrial Equipment Corporation facility, which produces Kubota loaders, backhoes and related implements. Once fully operational, the new plant will employ about 200 people with a production capacity of approximately 22,000 units annually.