Kubota Tractor Corporation (KTC) and Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation (KMA) 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, Ga.
The company’s expansion plans come on the heels of KTC’s recent announcement that it will relocate its U.S. headquarters to Grapevine, Texas, in an effort to get closer to its major markets and customers.
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.
“The demand for Kubota products continues to grow in the U.S.,” said Hironobu Kubota, president of KMA. “We estimate that this expansion of our operations will allow us to increase production capacity by 60 percent over the next five years.”
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.