Kubota Manufacturing of America will build a new 400,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on 88 acres in Jackson County to meet increasing domestic demand for the company’s tractor products, according to a Kubota announcement on Oct. 26.

Kubota Corp. of Japan has seen its U.S. business grow significantly since establishment of its KMA subsidiary in 1988, and now operates five facilities in Georgia, the statement said. Nearly half of Kubota’s product sold in the United States is manufactured or assembled at two plants located at KMA’s 151-acre headquarters in Gainesville.

“Since sales continue to rise, we expect overall growth will continue for years to come,” said Daisuke Hatakake, president of Kubata Corp.

The plant will employ 100 new workers and annually manufacture 700 pieces of tractor equipment, such as loaders and backhoes, according to the statement. Four hundred employees from KMA’s Gainesville facilities also will be relocated to the new site.

Construction on the facility is to begin soon, with completion slated for September 2005.

In April, KMA was named Georgia Manufacturer of the Year in the large-size company category by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

KMA affiliate Kubota Tractor Corp. operates a research and development lab and tractor assembly line in Oakwood. The company also maintains a regional office and parts center in nearby Suwanee.

Founded in 1890, Kubota Corp. has subsidiaries and affiliates in 130 countries.

For more information, go to www.kubota.com.