GAINESVILLE, GA. — Agricultural and construction machinery producer Kubota North America Corp. unveiled plans for a $140 million expansion of its 280-acre research and development (R&D) center in Gainesville, about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta.
The center opened in April this year and currently includes engineering offices, workshops and testing labs, as well as outdoor tracks for testing turf, utility vehicles, tractors and construction equipment. .
Construction of the expansion is expected to begin later this year and will include the development of a building dedicated to expanding production and loading capacity to meet growing market demands, while freeing up space in the the company’s existing facilities in neighboring Jackson County.
“With more investments like these, our supply chain continues to evolve to better meet the needs of our sister company partners and Kubota dealers,” said Brian Arnold, president of Kubota Manufacturing of America. . “With this expansion, our production capacity will almost double and, at the same time, we will improve our quality and efficiency through innovations in welding and painting technologies.”
The project is expected to be completed in 2024, bringing with it more than 500 new manufacturing jobs to the plant. Kubota North America employs more than 3,000 team members in its manufacturing, distribution and engineering operations in Gainesville and Jefferson, Georgia.
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.
Kubota North America Corp. is the parent company of Kubota Tractor Corp., based in Grapevine, Texas, and Kubota Manufacturing of America, based in Gainesville.