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Friday October 18th, 2019 5:40AM

Kubota to expand Gainesville operations

By AccessWDUN staff

Kubota North America Corp. announced plans Wednesday to invest more than $85 million to build a new engineering and design center near the company’s current facility in Gainesville.

In a news release, the company said it was purchasing about 300 acres near its manufacturing plant on Ramsey Road in Gainesville. The company hopes to ahve the project completed by 2022.

“This project is another great milestone for Kubota and it emphasizes our commitment to expand our presence in Georgia as a major hub of our North American operations,” said Haruyuki (Harry) Yoshida, president and CEO of Kubota Tractor Corp.and Kubota North America Corp. “We continue to grow to meet the demands of Kubota dealers and customers, while improving operational efficiencies and realizing manufacturing excellence here in Georgia and across our business.”           

Gov. Brian Kemp said the announcement is further evidence of a strong business climate in Georgia.

Kubota’s renewed commitment demonstrates that Georgia’s pro-business environment not only attracts new businesses, but also allows existing industry to continue investing to grow and thrive in Georgia,” Kemp said.

This is the fourth major expansion by Kubota in Georgia since 2013. In 2017, the company also expanded its National Distribution Center in Jefferson.   

“Georgia’s strong workforce development programs, including the work-based learning programs in high schools, the job skills training from the Technical College System of Georgia, and the University System of Georgia engineering programs, have all played a key role in Kubota’s decision to continue to grow our businesses in Georgia,” Kubota Vice President Phil Sutton said. 

Kubota began its operations in Georgia more than 40 years ago. Today, it employs nearly 3,000 people in its manufacturing, sales, distribution and engineering operations.

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