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Kubota Hits 1 Million Unit Mark at Georgia Factory
On Monday, the 1-millionth unit rolled off the Kubota manufacturing line at the company’s turf equipment factory in Gainesville, Georgia. This is the 1-millionth wheeled unit made since the factory started manufacturing machinery, instead of just implements, in 1994.
“It took us 21 years to reach the 1-million mark,” says Brian Arnold, the chief manufacturing officer at Kubota. “We are picking up the pace. It will only take us seven years to reach the next million units.”
One-quarter of the first million machines produced were RTVs, which is impressive considering the Kubota side-by-side wasn’t introduced until 2004. It’s fitting that the 1-millionth unit happened to be an RTV.
This special edition RTV is being auctioned off this week at the Kubota dealer meeting in Atlanta. The proceeds from the auction will be given to the Farmer Veteran Coalition, which Kubota partnered with earlier this year to start Geared to Give.
During the dealer meeting, Kubota will also roll out several new products. We will have updates throughout the week on Agriculture.com.
History of Kubota Manufacturing of America
In 1988, Kubota Manufacturing of America was born when the first Kubota factory opened in Gainesville, Georgia. This would become one of four, soon to be five, plants in the state.
The Gainesville plant originally employed 44 workers and focused on the production of tractor implements, specifically backhoes and front loaders. The plant continued to expand over the years as Kubota added more products to its lineup. Major product line expansions included:
- 1994: T series lawn tractors
- 2001: Zero-turn radius mid-mount mowers
- 2002: BX22 all-purpose residential tractor
- 2004: RTV side-by-side vehicle
In 2005, a new factory was built in Jefferson, Georgia, where all tractor implements are now manufactured. Kubota’s National Distribution Center is also located in Jefferson.
This year, work began on a new plant, also located in Gainesville, which will be dedicated to RTVs. When it opens in the spring of 2017, the factory will crank out one RTV every two minutes.
“The void created at the current facility will be filled with other products as we have increased demands in other segments,” explains Arnold.
Kubota has 2,300 employees at its Georgia manufacturing plants and this number will likely grow as workers are hired to staff the new RTV plant.