Kubota Adds Manufacturing Capacity for RTV Utility Vehicle Production

 Kubota Expands Production Facilities in United States for popular RTV product
 

GAINESVILLE, Ga., Feb. 9, 2007 Kubota Corporation is expanding its Kubota Manufacturing of America (KMA) plant in Gainesville, Ga., and officially opens an additional production line, with a state-of-the-art, high-tech painting system utilized in the production of Kubota's popular RTV utility vehicles.

“Today’s reopening of our new Building One production line is the culmination of planned growth for Kubota manufacturing space here in Georgia, representing a $20 million investment in future production capabilities for KMA. The technology represented with this new production line is world class,” explained Tim Yoshii, president, KMA. “As demand increases for Kubota-branded products in the United States, Kubota is committed to service, high quality and innovative products manufactured efficiently. 

“With this increased capacity for RTV production we expect to offer our customers continued excellence in product quality, while creating great opportunities for our employees and the surrounding business community,” Yoshii added.

Dignitaries from Kubota Corporation, Osaka, Japan, and its affiliates in North America – Kubota Tractor Corporation, Kubota Industrial Equipment, Kubota Engine of America, Kubota Canada and Kubota Credit Corporation – gathered to mark the momentous occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Gainesville, Ga., KMA plant. 

Growth of Kubota Manufacturing

“The success of KMA, and the excitement over the addition to our current production capacity, is a direct result of the increasing interest in Kubota products and our dedicated employees. We look forward to continuing to grow in our newly expanded KMA facility,” said Brian Arnold, director of manufacturing, KMA.

KMA recently re-engineered the 212,000-square-foot KMA plant, after moving part of the production facility work to newly opened affiliate Kubota Industrial Equipment in nearby Jackson County, Ga., during a planned increase in total manufacturing capabilities in North America for Kubota. This reopening marks the completion of installation of
state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment that will be dedicated to the production of RTV utility vehicles, offered in both traditional Kubota orange for worksite, general use and turf utility work, plus camouflage recreational models. Kubota manufactures the RTV series as heavy-duty, high-performing utility vehicles with power, durability and innovative, exclusive features such as auxiliary remote hydraulic tool capabilities. The new Kubota RTV1100 utility vehicle, offering a standard factory-integrated cab including air-conditioning, is expected to arrive in Kubota dealer showrooms later in Spring 2007.

In addition to the new production line for RTVs, KMA continues to manufacture and assemble Kubota lawn tractors and related products, such as the new powerful, durable and commercial quality Kubota ZD300 series of zero-turn mowers and the versatile Kubota BX series subcompact tractor.

“As many in the audience know, Kubota was awarded 2002’s Georgia Manufacturer of the Year as number one in the state for emphasizing quality, improvement and community,” says Kit Dunlap, CEO of the Greater Hall County Chamber of Commerce. “We’re pleased to celebrate another Kubota special occasion and today we like to refer to Kubota as number one in our community here in Gainesville, too.”

As a result of Kubota’s commitment to the Japanese concept of “kaizen,” Kubota constantly seeks to maximize efficiency while creating quality products. Through constantly seeking better ways for production, Kubota is able to manufacture efficiently and instill a sense of pride in employees.

Kubota Meeting Customer Demand

Also sharing remarks with the audience was Moriya Hayashi, Executive Vice President and Division President, Farm & Industrial Machinery Consolidated Division, Kubota Corporation. Dignitaries participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, which preceded a facility tour and lunch for attendees.

Kubota Manufacturing of America and Kubota Tractor Corporation are affiliates of Kubota Corporation. Kubota Manufacturing of America (KMA) was formed in 1988 as Kubota’s North American manufacturing base. Today, nearly half of all Kubota-branded equipment sold in the United States is manufactured and assembled at the Gainesville, Ga., facility.

Kubota Adds Manufacturing Capacity for RTV Utility Vehicle Production

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At the Feb. 9  reopening of Kubota Manufacturing of America’s (KMA) new RTV utility vehicle manufacturing facility in Gainesville, Ga., company executives and area dignitaries celebrated the production line expansion: (L-R) Tom Oliver, chairman of the Hall County Commission; Tim Yoshii, president of KMA; Tetsuji “Mike” Tomita, president, Kubota Tractor Corporation; Moriya Hayashi, executive vice president and representative director of Kubota and president of the machinery division of Kubota; Kit Dunlap, president and CEO of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce; and Robert Hamrick, mayor, City of Gainesville, Ga.

Ribbon-Cutting to Reopen Expanded RTV Production Line
at Kubota Manufacturing of America

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Kubota Manufacturing of America marked the opening of a new state-of-the-art production line and an additional 10,000-square-foot plant addition to produce Kubota’s popular RTV utility vehicles with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony: (L-R) Tim Yoshii, president of KMA; Tetsuji “Mike” Tomita, president, Kubota Tractor Corporation; Robert Hamrick, mayor, City of Gainesville, Ga.; Moriya Hayashi, executive vice president and representative director of Kubota and president of the machinery division of Kubota; Tom Oliver, chairman of the Hall County Commission; Kit Dunlap, president and CEO of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce; and Brian Arnold, director of manufacturing, KMA.

 

 


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