Gov. Deal Celebrates Kubota's Expansion in Georgia at Grand Opening of $73 Million Production Facility in Jefferson

Gov. Deal Celebrates Kubota's Expansion in Georgia at Grand Opening of $73 
Million Production Facility in Jefferson 
Continued Expansion Extends Company's North American Manufacturing 
Capabilities, Increases Distribution Efficiencies and Creates 200 New Jobs 
JEFFERSON, Ga., April 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Kubota Corporation today announced the 
grand opening of its new $73 million manufacturing facility at Kubota 
Industrial Equipment (KIE) in Jefferson, Ga. The 522,000-square-foot plant on 
the 88-acre site recently began production of Kubota's 30- to 50-horsepower 
compact tractor models. The grand opening event was co-sponsored by Kubota 
Tractor Corporation, the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota tractors and 
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"Georgia is proud to join with Kubota today in celebrating one of our state's 
greatest business success stories," said Gov. Deal. "Kubota's record of 
consistent growth has contributed to the quality of life for countless Georgia 
families as well as the overall health of our economy. This expansion will 
further help to make Georgia the No. 1 place in the country in which to do 
Kubota began doing business in Georgia approximately 40 years ago, with its 
first operations located in Norcross. In the mid-1980s, Kubota purchased its 
first office building in the state at the current Southeast Division 
headquarters in Suwanee. Since that time, Kubota has further expanded its 
operation in Georgia to include Kubota Manufacturing of America (KMA) in 
Gainesville; its National Distribution Center (NDC) in Jefferson; and Kubota 
Industrial Equipment (KIE), also in Jefferson. Today in Georgia, the company 
employs more than 1,700 people at Kubota facilities and has 43 dealerships 
that retail and market Kubota-branded products. 
"We are committed to making investments that will enable us to grow our 
business to meet the strong demand for Kubota tractors here in the U.S.," said 
Mr. Henry Kubota, president of KIE. "Our goal is to efficiently deliver 
quality products that provide value to our customers and with the expanded 
capabilities that our new plant will deliver, we can achieve that goal today 
and into the future." 
Added to existing facilities in the state, the recent expansion brings 
Kubota's total footprint of manufacturing and assembly space in Georgia to 2.1 
million square feet.  The new facility is located on the same site as the 
existing KIE property in Jefferson, which currently produces Kubota 
implements, including loaders and backhoes. Once fully operational, the new 
facility will add hundreds of new jobs to support the production capacity of 
22,000 units annually. 
The announcement comes on the heels of Kubota's recent 40-year anniversary in 
the U.S. In 1972, Kubota entered the market with three tractor models; today, 
the company offers a complete line of tractors up to 118 PTO horsepower, and 
is the industry leader in the under 40-horsepower tractor segment. 
Kubota products currently manufactured and assembled at Georgia facilities 
include RTV utility vehicles; BX-Series subcompact tractors; Z-Series 
commercial and residential zero-turn mowers; and Kubota implements and 
attachments, including loaders, backhoes and mower decks. Just added at the 
new KIE facility are the Kubota L3200 and L3800 compact tractors. 
"We are honored that Kubota has decided to expand its presence in the city of 
Jefferson," said Jim Joiner, mayor, the city of Jefferson. "Kubota has been an 
excellent corporate citizen and we look forward to our continued partnership 
involving this third expansion in the McClure Industrial Park. Creating much 
needed jobs in our community is a priority of the City of Jefferson.  We 
welcome Kubota's expansion and the new jobs that will be added to their 
The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) partnered with the 
development authorities of Jefferson and Jackson County and the City of 
Jefferson to manage the KIE expansion. GDEcD senior regional project manager 
Susie Haggard managed this expansion on behalf of the state. 
"Georgia's 40-year business relationship with Japan has been the foundation of 
success for Kubota and hundreds of other Japanese companies here," said GDEcD 
Commissioner Chris Cummiskey. "Our unique package of workforce, location, 
affordability and global access is very attractive for international companies 
looking to expand their markets." 
Kubota Social Responsibility 
As Kubota's business and overall footprint has grown in the state and 
throughout the U.S., the company has maintained its global commitment to 
minimizing its impact on the environment. As part of its corporate social 
responsibility initiatives, KIE has adopted several environmentally-conscious 
processes and product-installations onsite, resulting in the facility 
receiving ISO 14001 certification. Among its most advanced 
environmentally-conscious technology is the Kubota Membrane installation that 
will allow KIE to recycle and reuse 70 percent of its overall water 
consumption, which is particularly beneficial for the work done onsite within 
the facility's paint shop operation. 
About Kubota Tractor Corporation 
Kubota Tractor Corporation, Torrance, Calif., is the U.S. marketer and 
distributor of Kubota-engineered and manufactured equipment, including a 
complete line of tractors up to 118 PTO hp, performance-matched implements, 
compact and utility-class construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden 
equipment, commercial turf products and utility vehicles. For product 
literature or dealer locations, contact Kubota Tractor Corporation at 3401 Del 
Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503, (888) 4-KUBOTA [(888) 458-2682], Ext. 900, or 
(877) KUBOTA-NEWS [(877) 582-6826], 
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