Kubota Tractor Corp. officially opened its North American headquarters Friday in Grapevine, marking the latest California company to successfully migrate to North Texas.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other dignitaries gathered at the new Kubota facility, just north of Grapevine Mills, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening that executives said will usher in a new era for the company.
“Today is an important day for Kubota as this new building is both a testament to our commitment to the future growth of our business in the U.S., and our pledge of being a socially responsible corporate citizen,” said Masato Yoshikawa, president and CEO of Kubota Tractor.
Abbott called Kubota a model business partner.
“The new headquarters not only stands as a symbol for their hard work up to this moment, but also for the solid foundation for which they’re able to continue building for a prosperous future here in Texas,” Abbott said.
Kubota is the second big company to recently relocate from California and build a new headquarters in the Fort Worth area. Farmer Brothers, which makes and supplies coffee to restaurants, hotels and casinos, recently moved into a new complex in Northlake, across Interstate 35W from Texas Motor Speedway.
The three-story, 193,000-square-foot facility houses both Kubota Tractor Corp. and Kubota Credit Corp. and includes an on-site research and development facility. Kubota employs about 275 at the new headquarters, which is large enough to accommodate nearly 600 employees.
The headquarters is at Texas 121, Grapevine Mills Boulevard and Grapevine Mills Parkway, on part of 185 acres the city purchased from a group led by former Texas Rangers star Rafael Palmeiro.
According to Kubota officials, the company’s move to Texas from Torrance, Calif., is the most significant change it has undertaken in its 45-year history in the U.S., and well-positions it for long-term, sustainable growth.
Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate noted that Kubota is the first tenant for the city-owned property, which will also house a Mercedes-Benz distribution and training facility.
“The addition of Kubota Tractor Corporation headquarters is a true reflection of the high-end corporate caliber that Grapevine, Texas, attracts,” Tate said. “Additionally, the community will benefit from hundreds of new jobs, and that’s outstanding.”
Kubota Tractor is the U.S. marketer and distributor of machinery and equipment, performance-matched implements, compact and utility-class construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, hay tools and spreaders, commercial turf products and utility vehicles.