Kubota Tractor Corporation has purchased 200-acres of land in Edgerton, Kansas where the company will build its new North American Distribution Center (NADC).
The company will construct two, 92,900 square metre, state-of-the-art logistics facilities for NADC. Kubota plans to “plant solid roots” in Kansas to expand distribution capacity and streamline logistics processes for delivery of Kubota-branded service parts and equipment.
“Kubota is ready to begin this exciting project along with our city, county and state partners to expand our infrastructure and create solid footing in the Midwest,” said Masato Yoshikawa, president and CEO of Kubota Tractor Corporation.
“We are proud to make this significant investment here in Kansas, a state that shares our values and supports our ambitious goals for the future.”
The company has already experienced increased access to its 1,100-strong dealer network since it began leasing space in the area in 2015. The current 71,000 square metre leased facility will remain in operation in Logistics Park Kansas City until the new facilities are complete. It will continue to be the source for parts and equipment for worldwide export.
“Kubota’s continued investments in Edgerton makes it one of our state’s greatest business success stories,” said Governor Jeff Colyer.
“Today’s announcement is a testament to the company’s commitment to continue strengthening the state’s manufacturing and logistics base and creating future job growth. Kubota already employs 150 in Edgerton and this expansion will add more jobs to the area in the future, including expanding their 1,500-employee Great Plains operations in Salina, Kansas.”
Once complete, the new facility will allow the company to continue to receive and process shipments from Asia and Europe, in addition to goods from suppliers in North America, with more capacity and with accelerated shipping speed for the delivery of Kubota parts and equipment.
The new campus will also house Kubota’s new Midwest Division office, which is an extension of the company’s existing divisional operation structure that provides regional support to Kubota dealers.
“Increasing the capacity of our parts and logistics operations in Kansas will enable us to achieve even greater operational efficiencies to make Kubota’s business stronger and more competitive to meet our growing customer demand,” Yoshikawa continued.
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Kubota has operated in Canada from Markham, Ont., since 1975. According to the company, the move is the result of its growing success in Canada.