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26 May 2015

Kubota Tractor Corp Announces Plans to Invest Additional $80 Million in Gainesville Facilities

Kubota Tractor Corporation (KTC) and Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation (KMA) officially announced plans to increase production capacity for Kubota equipment in the U.S. by building a new manufacturing plant and expanding its existing operations in Gainesville, Georgia.

The new Georgia plant will be located on 180 acres at Gateway Industrial Centre, in Gainesville-Hall County, three miles from KMA’s existing facilities. The new building will be an estimated 502,000 square feet. The existing KMA facility, which has been in operation since 1988 and employs approximately 1,300 people, will also undergo enhancements to increase its production capacity to support Kubota’s growing turf business.

“Growing our manufacturing operations in Georgia will enable us to achieve even greater operational efficiencies to make Kubota’s business stronger and more competitive,” said Mr. Masato Yoshikawa, President & CEO of KTC. “We will be better equipped to respond to market needs more quickly, satisfying both dealer and customer demand for Kubota’s popular sub-compact tractors, turf products and utility vehicles.”

(Kubota's RTV X-Series, including the X900 pictured here, is built in Gainesville, Georgia. Image courtesy Kubota Tractor Corporation.)
Construction of the new facility in Gainesville is expected to begin in September 2015 with a goal to begin mass production in spring of 2017. The new plant will manufacture Kubota’s RTV series utility vehicles, with the capacity to produce 50,000 units annually.

Kubota has been operating in the state of Georgia for more than 40 years, with its first operations located in Norcross. In the mid-1980s, Kubota purchased its first office building in the state at the current KTC Southeast Division headquarters in Suwanee. Since that time, Kubota has further expanded its operation in Georgia to include KMA in Gainesville; its National Distribution Center (NDC) in Jefferson; and Kubota Industrial Equipment (KIE), also in Jefferson, which produces Kubota implements, including loaders and backhoes.