Kubota Tractor Corp. (KTC) and Kubota Manufacturing of America Corp. (KMA) will build a new manufacturing plant and expand operations in Gainesville, Georgia. News of the expansion follows closely KTC’s announcement that it will relocate its U.S. headquarters to Grapevine, Texas. The company explained the Texas move as an effort to get closer to its major markets and customers.
But Texas isn’t the only state that will benefit from Kubota’s investments to meet growing U.S. demand. The 180-acre site for the new plant is at Gateway Industrial Centre in Hall County, Georgia. The plant is expected to be about 502,000 square feet, a Kubota news release says. The existing KMA facility, which is about three miles from the site of the new plant, opened in 1988 and employs about 1,300 people. The company says that plant will “undergo enhancements” to increase its production capacity.
Hironobu Kubota, president of KMA, says U.S. demand for the company’s products is growing and “we estimate 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 start in September, with production getting under way by the spring of 2017. The new plant will manufacture Kubota’s RTV series utility vehicles, with the capacity to produce 50,000 units annually.