ABOVE: Nearly all Kubota Construction Equipment sold in the U.S. will move through the company's North American Distribution Center. (Photo: Business Wire)

EDGERTON, Kan. — Kubota announced the grand opening of its 765,000 square-foot North American Distribution Center in Edgerton, Kansas, which will serve as the primary distribution hub for Kubota parts and whole goods distribution across the U.S. and Canada. The company expects to hire 100 employees by the end of 2015.

“Kubota dealers and customers have counted on Kubota to engineer high quality products and deliver outstanding product support for more than 43 years,” said Masato Yoshikawa, president and CEO of Kubota Tractor Corporation. “We remain committed to making strategic investments in infrastructure and personnel to meet and exceed expectations. This expansion will ensure that we are well-equipped to support Kubota’s continued growth in the U.S.”

The Grand Opening event was attended by Kansas State Governor Sam Brownback and City of Edgerton Mayor, Donald Roberts, who both touted Kubota’s strategic decision to establish the hub in this growing region. “Kansas’ strategic central location and the access it provides to trade corridors will help keep Kubota connected with its dealer and customer network for many years to come,” said Governor Sam Brownback. “Our workforce and infrastructure will continue to make this a great place for Kubota to grow and expand.”

The NADC’s central location improves Kubota’s access to its 1,100-strong dealer network, expanding overnight delivery services, improving shipping speed and accelerating response times. Additionally, the facility will serve as a regional sales office for the company’s northern district within its Central Division, in line with Kubota’s commitment to strategically locate resources and personnel closer to customers and dealers.

“By further streamlining our operations, the NADC will allow us to realize efficiencies in receiving and processing shipments and improve our parts delivery support to make sure our dealers and customers have access to the parts and equipment they need when they need it,” said Earl Johnson, senior director, parts and product resources for Kubota. “The NADC will be a busy place, with the ability to receive and process more than 20 shipping containers a day.”

Strategically located in the same development as a Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Intermodal operation, which manages products delivered on ocean freight containers, Kubota’s NADC will receive and process shipments from Asia and Europe, in addition to a number of daily truckloads of goods from suppliers in North America. It will be the worldwide source for many Kubota parts, which will be exported globally. Nearly all Kubota Construction Equipment sold in the U.S. will move through the company’s NADC.

The new NADC facility is an extension to the company’s existing divisional operations located in Suwanee, Ga.; Fort Worth, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; and, Lodi, Calif., which will continue to provide regional support to local Kubota dealers.