(L-R): Kansas Dept. of Commerce Interim Secretary Robert North; Kansas Dept. of Transportation Deputy Sec. BJ Harden; Dan Jones, Kubota VP; Kansas Dept. of Transportation Sec. Richard Carlson; Governor of Kansas, Jeff Colyer; Masato Yoshikawa, Kubota president and CEO; Edgerton Mayor Donald Roberts; Alex Woods, Kubota VP.
Kubota Tractor Corporation announced the completion of a 200-acre land purchase within Phase II of Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton, Kan., making the company the first major tenant for the industrial park. Gov. Colyer met with the company to tour the site where it will construct two, 1 million sq.-ft., state-of-the-art logistics facilities for its new North American Distribution Center (NADC). Kubota plans to plant solid roots in Kansas to expand distribution capacity and streamline logistics processes for the timely delivery of Kubota-branded service parts and equipment to United States customers.
“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, the Heartland of America,” 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.”
Also on hand for the tour was Edgerton Mayor Donald Roberts.
“Edgerton and our partners have a proven track record of thoughtful planning and significant investment in infrastructure attracting businesses to Edgerton and growing our local economy,” said Roberts. “The central proximity of Edgerton within the U.S., and its world-class inland port and intermodal facility, give companies like Kubota direct connections to the global supply chain and the ability to quickly and efficiently ship goods by rail and truck to their final destination. Kubota has been an ideal leasing tenant, and we are thrilled to welcome them as our newest neighbor as they fully integrate into the local community.”
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 765,000 sq.-ft. 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 Kubota parts and equipment for worldwide export.
“Kubota's continued investments in Edgerton makes it one of our state's greatest business success stories,” said Colyer. “This 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, Kan. We thank Kubota for believing in the potential of our state and investing in the future of our residents.”
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 timely delivery of Kubota parts and equipment.
“Kubota will anchor the expansion of Logistics Park Kansas City and NorthPoint is proud to continue our more than four-year partnership with the company to see their future plans come to fruition here in Edgerton,” said Patrick Robinson, NorthPoint Development.
“As Kubota's construction partner, Clayco's focus and commitment extends far beyond the structures we are building,” said Anthony Johnson, Clayco executive vice president. “Our team's goal is to ensure we are providing an environment where Kubota's employees can operate safely and efficiently and can deliver high quality products to their customers every day.”
As the company continues on a high-growth trajectory, Kubota maintains its commitment to expanding its product offerings, with operational excellence as a priority.
“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 said.
The new campus also will house Kubota's newest Midwest Division office, which is an extension of the company's existing divisional operation structure that provides regional support to Kubota dealers. Kubota's division offices are located in Suwanee, Ga.; Fort Worth, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Lodi, Calif.; and, soon to be in Edgerton, Kan.
For more information, visit KubotaUSA.com.