Kubota announces the inauguration of an R&D center
GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Kubota North America Corporation (KNA), the parent company of Kubota Tractor Corporation (KTC) and Kubota Manufacturing of America (KMA), and Kubota Canada Ltd. (KCL) celebrated the grand opening of the new 280-acre research complex on April 7. and development center in the State of Georgia to meet the needs of North American customers. Kubota has invested more than $85 million to bring the new facility online and will open with 70 engineers and technical staff and grow to nearly 200 staff over the next five years.
“Constant investment in our North American infrastructure allows Kubota to evolve and be future-ready,” said Mr. Yuichi “Ken” Kitao, President and Representative Director, Kubota Corporation. “We are continually innovating to better meet the needs of our customers – it’s at the heart of what we do, it guides how we think and how we do business. This new R&D center here in Georgia will allow us to continue to innovate products and solutions with the needs of our US and Canadian customers in mind. Mr. Kitao was U.S. President and CEO of Kubota Tractor Corporation from 2011 to 2013 and championed R&D strategy in North America.
The new state-of-the-art center is powered by 100% renewable energy and built using sustainable principles consistent with the company’s global mission to use technology and efficient operations and practices. For example, the center is powered in part by solar sunflowers and the parking lot has a solar-powered roof to support electric vehicle charging stations. The center will house engineering offices, workshops and testing labs, and outside are tracks for testing turf, utility vehicles, tractors and construction equipment.
As Kubota’s opening event keynote speaker, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said, “The agriculture industry is the largest business in the state of Georgia, so we’re thrilled that Kubota, a world leader in agricultural equipment, has chosen Georgia as its country of origin. of its North American research and development center. It’s great to see Kubota continue to expand its footprint and create more jobs here in Georgia.
President and CEO of Kubota Tractor and Kubota North America Corporations, Mr. Shingo Hanada, marked the occasion by saying, “Kubota celebrates 50 years of innovation in the United States, and our goal is to continue to make strategic investments in our infrastructure to develop solutions to help our dealers and customers achieve more as we grow together for the next 50 years and beyond.
In terms of additional jobs, Phil Sutton, vice president of Kubota Manufacturing of America, added, “We continue to build on an already strong base in the state of Georgia, where we employ more than 3,000 members of the team in the areas of manufacturing, sales, distribution and engineering operations.
Kubota’s Georgia footprint also includes its Southeast Division office, located in Suwanee, Georgia, with additional division offices located in Edgerton, Kansas; Fort Worth, TX; Columbus, Ohio; Lodi, California; and KCL’s head office in Pickering, Ontario, all of whom are well positioned to provide regional support to all Kubota dealers.
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