Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer tours future site that will solidify Kubota’s Midwest footprint
Kubota Tractor Corporation has completed a 200-acre land purchase within Phase II of Edgerton's Logistics Park Kansas City, making the company the first major tenant for the industrial park. Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and Kubota officials on Thursday toured the site where Kubota will construct two, one million square-foot, state-of-the-art logistics facilities for its new North American Distribution Center (NADC).
The move signals Kubota's intention to plant solid roots in Kansas to expand distribution capacity and streamline logistics processes for the timely delivery of its branded service parts and equipment to the U.S. market.
“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.”
Kubota first leased space in Logistics Park KC in 2015 with a 765,000 square foot facility, and offered increased access to its 1,100-strong dealer network. That building, which employs 150, will remain in operation and continue to be the source for Kubota parts and equipment for worldwide export until the new facilities are complete.
“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 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," said 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."
With 150 employees already in Edgerton, Kubota's expansion will add more jobs to the area as well as expand the company's 1,500-employee Great Plains operations in Salina.
"Kubota’s continued investments in Edgerton makes it one of our state’s greatest business success stories,” Gov. Colyer said. “Today’s announcement is a testament to the company’s commitment to continue strengthening the state’s manufacturing and logistics base and creating future job growth. 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 Kubota 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 continued.
The new campus will also 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; and, Lodi, Calif.; and, soon to be in Edgerton, Kansas.
Check out photos below from Gov. Colyer's site tour and official announcement. Click to advance the slideshow.