Kubota Tractor Corp. officially confirmed its plans to plant solid roots in Kansas for its North American Distribution Center (NADC) by announcing the details of its letter of intent to purchase 203 acres near the company's current leased facility in Edgerton, Kan.
The company plans to design and build two 1 million sq. ft. facilities to expand their distribution capacity and streamline logistics processes for the timely delivery of Kubota branded service parts and equipment to its increasing customer base in the U.S.
“After more than two years of operating in Kansas with such positive results, we are now confident about building more infrastructure here,” Masato Yoshikawa, president and chief executive officer of Kubota Tractor, said. “We've had access to an excellent workforce in the area, and we've built a quality team. Together, we've achieved operational efficiencies to better serve our dealers and customers, and we remain committed to growing and expanding to ensure we are equipped to support Kubota's continued Midwest growth and overall North American expansion.”
In addition to the logistics facilities, Kubota also announced an additional commitment to its Midwest dealers and customers by establishing a fifth operational division and sales office in Edgerton. The new Midwest Division office will reside within the same complex as the parts and whole-good operations and provide an essential sales presence for Kubota in the heartland of America.
Mike Jacobson, a 17-year Kubota veteran, will be appointed director and division manager of this new division, effective Jan. 1, 2018, and will lead the company's efforts to expand its product offerings and markets in the Midwest.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said, “This expansion is a promising opportunity for Johnson County and the entire state. Kubota's decision to expand so significantly here demonstrates firsthand that Kansas is a state that makes investment dollars worthwhile. Kubota already employs 150 Kansans in Edgerton, and the expansion could add another 150-200 on top of that. I'm so pleased about the growth and opportunity for Kansans this will bring.”
Kubota's NADC will continue to receive and process shipments from Asia and Europe, in addition to a number of daily truckloads of goods from suppliers in North America. It also will continue to be the worldwide source for many Kubota parts that will be exported globally.
In late 2016, the company announced the 617,000 sq. ft. expansion of its National Distribution Center in Jefferson, Ga., located near Kubota's manufacturing operations and the Southeast Division in Georgia. Jointly, the Jefferson and Edgerton facilities will strengthen Kubota's distribution capacity and infrastructure in North America to support its business growth, according to the announcement.
The new Midwest Division is an extension of the company's existing divisional operation structure. The existing division offices are located in Suwanee, Ga.; Ft. Worth, Texas; Columbus, Ohio, and Lodi, Cal., and will continue to provide regional support to Kubota dealers.
Kubota Tractor, based in Grapevine, Texas, is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-engineered and manufactured machinery and equipment, including a line of tractors up to 170 hp, implements, compact and utility-class construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, hay tools and spreaders, commercial turf products and utility vehicles.