AGCO Announces Three-Year, $42 Million Expansion of Minnesota Facility

  AGCO Announces Three-Year, $42 Million Expansion of Minnesota Facility

Jackson, Minn., facility will have more jobs and a higher production capacity
                    to continue building quality products

Business Wire

JACKSON, Minn. -- May 08, 2013

AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE:AGCO) (http://www.AGCOcorp.com), has
begun further expansion of its Jackson, Minn., manufacturing center. During
the next three years, AGCO will invest an estimated $42 million in
infrastructure, increasing production capacity and efficiency in order to help
meet growing demand for the tractors and application equipment built there.
Eric Fisher, AGCO director of operations in Jackson, was joined by city of
Jackson Mayor Wayne Walter in a groundbreaking ceremony at the site May 7,
2013, to mark the start of the facility improvement project.

Eric Fisher, AGCO Jackson, third from right, was joined by local officials for
a groundbreaking cere ...

Eric Fisher, AGCO Jackson, third from right, was joined by local officials for
a groundbreaking ceremony May 7, 2013, to mark the start of AGCO's $42 million
expansion. From left, Jennifer Bromeland, Janice Fransen, Clayton Lewis,
Fisher, city of Jackson, Minn., Mayor Wayne Walter and William Tusa. (Photo:
Business Wire)

The three-year endeavor is made up of seven phases affecting all areas of the
campus, including component manufacturing, the tractor assembly line and the
application equipment assembly line. Once completed, the expansion will create
75 additional permanent jobs at the facility, bringing the total number of
employees to more than 1,200. The project will increase production capacity by
25 percent for both the tractor and sprayer assembly lines while maintaining
best-in-class product quality.

The first phase, scheduled to be complete fall 2013, includes a
30,000-square-foot expansion of the component manufacturing area, which will
increase capacity by 20 percent and improve efficiency by reengineering the
flow of materials to assembly stations. The installation of an additional
robotic welder and a sheet laser will improve productivity and positively
impact all equipment built in Jackson.

Fisher comments, “This expansion builds on the excitement that began in 2011
when AGCO chose Jackson as the location where high-horsepower wheeled tractors
for North America would be built. Continuing to invest here reinforces AGCO’s
commitment to bringing our North American customers high-quality tractors and
application equipment built how the customer wants them and delivered on
time.”

Remaining phases include expanding the tractor assembly line for increased
production capacity, an in-line paint system for the application assembly
line, and cutting-edge testing capability of our finished products.

Looking Back: Recent Investments in Jackson Facility

In June 2012, AGCO expanded its Jackson location to bring production of Massey
Ferguson^® and Challenger^® wheeled row-crop tractors to North America. That
expansion included AGCO’s first North American welcome center, Intivity
Center^SM. These efforts contributed more than $17 million to the local
economy by adding more than 200 jobs. This brought the total number of
professional, support and skilled manufacturing positions at the facility to
1,050.

Intivity Center, a 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art visitor center,
showcases the farmer-focused innovation behind the brands upon which the
company has been built. It offers an extensive collection of historical
artifacts — many never before seen by the public — and includes a glimpse of
the future of agricultural equipment through interactive displays
demonstrating equipment technology in development at AGCO. For more
information about Intivity Center or to make reservations to tour the AGCO
Jackson manufacturing center, visit Jackson.AGCOCorp.com
(http://jackson.AGCOcorp.com).

Farm equipment manufacturing has been a part of the Jackson community since
1963, when Ag-Chem Equipment Company was founded as a distributor of spraying
equipment. Ag-Chem was purchased by AGCO in 2001. Jackson is home to
Challenger and Massey Ferguson high-horsepower wheeled row-crop tractors as
well as the Challenger track tractors and application equipment.

Intivity Center is a service mark of AGCO. Massey Ferguson is a worldwide
brand of AGCO. Challenger ^ is a registered trademark of Caterpillar Inc. and
is used under license by AGCO.

ABOUT AGCO

AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE:AGCO), is a global leader focused on the
design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery. AGCO supports
more productive farming through a full line of tractors, combines, hay tools,
sprayers, forage equipment, tillage implements, grain storage and protein
production systems, as well as related replacement parts. AGCO products are
sold through five core machinery brands, Challenger®, Fendt®, GSI®, Massey
Ferguson® and Valtra®, and are distributed globally through 3,150 independent
dealers and distributors in more than 140 countries worldwide. Retail
financing is available through AGCO Finance for qualified purchasers. Founded
in 1990, AGCO is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., USA. In 2012, AGCO had net
sales of $10 billion. http://www.agcocorp.com/

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements which are not historical facts, including expectations regarding
the manufacture of equipment, are forward-looking and subject to risks that
could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the
statements. These risks include possible declines in demand for products as a
result of weather, demand and other conditions that impact farm income,
actions by producers of competitive products, and the general risks attendant
to acquisitions. Further information concerning these and other factors is
included in AGCO’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
including its Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012. AGCO disclaims
any obligation to update any forward-looking statements except as required by
law.

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AGCO
Lindsey Pettyjohn, 770-232-8434
Lindsey.Pettyjohn@AGCOcorp.com
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broadhead
Dee Weeda, 641-344-0757
dweeda@broadheadco.com
 
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