GAINESVILLE, GA. – Agricultural and construction machinery producer Kubota North America Corp. opened a 280-acre research and development (R&D) center in Gainesville, about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta. The company invested more than $85 million to build the new facility.
The center houses engineering offices, workshops and testing laboratories. Outside the facility there are tracks for testing turf, utility vehicles, tractors and construction equipment.
Kubota opens the plant with 70 engineers and technical employees and plans to grow to nearly 200 employees over the next five years. According to Phil Sutton, vice president of Kubota Manufacturing of America, the company already employs more than 3,000 team members across the state of Georgia in manufacturing, sales, distribution and engineering operations.
The new R&D center is entirely powered by renewable energies and built according to the principles of sustainable development. The center is powered in part by solar panels and the car park has a solar-powered roof to support electric vehicle charging stations.
Kubota North America Corp. is the parent company of Kubota Tractor Corp., based in Grapevine, Texas, and Kubota Manufacturing of America, based in Gainesville.
“This new R&D center here in Georgia will allow us to continue innovating products and solutions with the needs of our US and Canadian customers in mind,” said Yuichi Kitao, President and Representative Director of Kubota. Corp.
Kubota’s Georgia footprint also includes its Southeast Division office, located in Suwanee, Georgia. Additional divisional offices are located in Edgerton, Kansas. ; Fort Worth, TX; Columbus, Ohio; Lodi, California; and KCL’s head office in Pickering, Ontario.