Outside of Northeast Georgia, many may not realize that one of the world's best-known tractor companies calls Hall County home to its largest North American manufacturing plant. It's Kubota Manufacturing of America (KMA), and their Gainesville manufactuiring plant is probably where your neighbor's Kubota utility vehicle was built, in part utilizing assembly line enhancements put in place by Georgia Tech students.
The 502,000 square foot Rough Terrain Vehicle (RTV) production facility began full operation in February 2017 after an expansion made possible by $1,750,000 in Regional Economic Business Assistance (REBA) funding. Working in coordination with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, DCA provided these funds to the Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority to help increase the capacity of Kubota’s existing operation and create jobs. By 2022, Kubota aims to create 580 new jobs and retain 1,041 jobs.
Kubota has been operating in the state of Georgia for more than 40 years. After opening its first operations facility in Norcross, Kubota purchased its first office building in Suwanee in the mid-1980s. Since then, the company has expanded its presence in Georgia -- locating its National Distribution Center (NDC) and Kubota Industrial Equipment (KIE) in Jefferson, as well as cementing its presence in Gainesville by establishing the city as Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation (KMA) headquarters in 1988.
The existing KMA facilities are also undergoing enhancements to increase production capacity to support Kubota’s growing turf business. KMA, along with Kubota Industrial Equipment Corporation, employs nearly 2,400 team members in the Gainesville and Jefferson, Georgia, facilities.