MARKHAM, Ont. – Tractor and heavy equipment manufacturer Kubota Canada Ltd. (KCL) will be moving its operations to a new facility located in Pickering, Ontario, by the end of 2019.
The new facility will be designed to house its head office and warehouse operations. KCL has continuously operated in Canada from Markham, Ontario, since 1975, and this project marks a new opportunity for the brand.
“In Canada, the construction, agriculture, commercial and residential sectors are all highly competitive markets, which gives us the motivation to strengthen our leadership among Canadian customers and dealers. It had become obvious that we needed a new state-of-the-art facility to ensure we could live up to our commitments to meet the increasing needs of our growing customer base,” said Bob Hickey, president of KCL.
“We are very thankful for the trust our dealers and customers place in our products and services.”
The new building will cover 565,500 square feet (sf), with the possibility of increasing to 1,000,000 sf in the future. It’s projected to cost approximately $67 million for the land and building, and the company will grow its staff from 190 now to 250 employees by 2027.
Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2018, and the company intends to begin moving offices into the new facility by the end of 2019. Phase one will include the head office and wholegoods warehousing. Phase two will comprise parts.
In addition to the office space and inventory storage, the facility will have: enhanced testing, training and increased warehousing areas with room for future expansion.
“Pickering was selected as our future head office location because it provides a great sense of community and lends itself perfectly to our growing technological advancements,” Hickey continued.
“Our new location will enable us to have easy access to highways, affordable housing for our employees, as well as to equipment testing and training areas”.
“We would also like to express our sincere thanks to Mayor Ryan as well as to other City of Pickering officials for welcoming KCL and making this project possible. Lastly, we wish to thank the City of Markham for helping to bring KCL to where it is today,” he said.