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Jackson County plant expansion means 200 new jobs
Kubota construction to start in 2012, tractor production in 2013
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Kubota Corp., based in Osaka, Japan, is expanding its Georgia manufacturing operations in Jefferson with the construction of a $73 million plant, a move that will create 200 new jobs.

"Kubota's decision to expand its presence in Jackson County is a great indicator of the success this company has found in Georgia," Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday in a news release. "This expansion is a vote of confidence for our welcoming business environment, skilled workforce and high-performing logistics network that helps global companies like Kubota service the vastly important U.S. market."

The new 500,000-square-foot plant will be built on the same 88-acre site as the existing Kubota Industrial Equipment operation in Jefferson.

It will feature a production capacity of 22,000 compact tractors per year. Construction will begin in early 2012, with full production of tractors set for January 2013.

"We greatly appreciate all the cooperation and efforts between the state and local authorities to support our growth since KIE's inception in 2004," said Kazunori Monodane, president of KIE.

"We are pleased to announce this new expansion to support Kubota's North American business and to continue enjoying mutual growth and success within the state of Georgia."

KIE currently employs 500 people and will add the 200 jobs by 2013.

Jackson County is a Georgia Certified Work Ready Community, meaning the county's workforce is among its most competitive business assets and is a key driver for economic growth in the community.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development worked with the development authorities of Jefferson and Jackson County, as well as the city of Jefferson, in the KIE expansion.

"We are honored that Kubota has decided to expand its presence in the city of Jefferson," Jefferson Mayor Jim Joiner said.

"It is clear that there is a very positive relationship (between) the city ... and Kubota, and we look forward to continuing to grow together, creating much-needed jobs for our community and developing an even more successful business environment.

"The city ... welcomes Kubota's newest facility and gives thanks to our international partners for trusting in, believing in and continuing to create opportunities in our community."

Jackson County Director of Economic Development Courtney Bernardi said, "Jackson County is home to many companies, and it is always so exciting when one of our companies decides to grow in our community.

"Our economic success depends not only with new companies locating within our community, but also when our existing industries expand their footprint. Kubota is a partner we are thankful to have in our community and we look forward to many more years of success."

Susie Haggard, Georgia Department of Economic Development senior regional project manager, worked on behalf of the state in the effort.

"Georgia works in aggressive ways to be sure companies like Kubota have the best and most competitive resources necessary for them to be successful in our state," said Chris Cummiskey, the department's commissioner.

"By opening its new plant right here in Georgia, Kubota sends a clear message about its commitment to the people and communities of Georgia. We look forward to partnering on future opportunities as Kubota continues to grow in our state."