Gov. Sam Brownback toured the intermodal by helicopter after speaking at a grand opening event for a Kubota Tractor Corporation distribution center in Edgerton on Aug. 11. Also in attendance at the event were Masato Yoshikawa, the president and CEO of Kubota and Carl Ice, the CEO of BNSF.
The new, 765,000 square-foot facility in Edgerton will serve as the company’s North American Distribution Center. From its warehouse on 191st Street, Kubota will distribute parts and whole goods throughout the U.S. and Canada.
“Nearly all Kubota equipment sold in the United States will flow through this facility,” Yoshikawa told a crowd of more than 70 people. He said Edgerton’s central location was a primary reason corporation officials opted to locate there.
“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,” Brownback said.
Kubota boasts a dealer network of more than 1,100, and the centralized warehouse will expand the corporation’s overnight delivery services and accelerate shipping speed and response time.
In addition to Kansas’ central location, the Governor also touted Kansas’ workforce and Kansans’ work ethic.
The company anticipates hiring as many as 100 employees. To date, approximately 40 work at the site.
“…We hope that the creation of new jobs will help improve the quality of life for Johnson County citizens,” Yoshikawa said.
Earl Johnson, Kubota senior director of parts and product resources, walked the crowd of dignitaries through Kubota’s decision to locate and expand in Edgerton. Last fall, Johnson said, Kubota leased 48,000 square feet in Edgerton.
“We needed additional space for strategic growth,” Johnson said. “This spring, we leased the rest of the building.”
Parts from all over the world will be shipped and stored at the Kubota warehouse. Johnson anticipates the warehouse will eventually house more than 100,000 parts.
“We have a lot of growth to do still in this building,” he said.
It will be a busy place with the ability to receive and process more than 20 shipping containers each day.
“The (North American Distribution Center) 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,” Johnson said.
Located in the same development as the BNSF intermodal, 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.
The new facility is an extension of the company’s existing divisional operations located in Georgia, Texas, Ohio and California.
Host of dignitaries commemorate Kubota warehouse’s grand opening