Kubota Canada cuts ribbon on $80 million Pickering headquarters

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Published October 12, 2022 at 4:48 pm

One of Canada’s leading tractor and compact equipment distributors is the latest to make its home in Pickering’s growing Innovation Corridor.

Kubota Canada Ltd. celebrated the grand opening of its new Canadian corporate headquarters and distribution facility in north-west Pickering Wednesday, with Ontario Premier Doug Ford and representatives from the Japanese government on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

This new facility, which comprises 500,000 square feet of industrial warehouse space and 65,000 square feet of office, meeting and state-of-the-art training space on three floors, was powered by an $80 million investment from Kubota, which continues to expand its presence in Canada since it was first founded in 1975.

“Kubota Canada has established itself as one of the country’s premier tractor and equipment distributors during our proud 47-year history,” said Yannick Montagano, President of Kubota Canada. “This new facility in the Pickering Innovation Corridor is a continuation of our commitment to the Canadian market – to our customers, our dealers, our partners and our employees – as we expand our solutions in the agriculture, construction, commercial and residential markets”

“We have the hardest working women and men anywhere in the world. That’s why business like Kubota Canada are choosing to invest here. Their $80 million investment is a testament to our pledge to bring jobs and investment to Ontario,” Premier Ford tweeted.

Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan, who called investments in the Innovation Corridor the beginning of the City’s “golden era,” said at the announcement he was thrilled the Osaka, Japan-based company chose Pickering for their new headquarters.

“In addition to this $80 million investment and the 200 jobs it will bring in phase one of this development, I am equally as excited that this project has helped to kick start and attract new and additional industrial and commercial investment to the Innovation Corridor. Kubota Canada Ltd. will be joined by a broad spectrum of other innovative and leading businesses in the near future.”

Lastman’s Bad Boy announced last month they would be building a new headquarters of their own in the Innovation Corridor, a 233,000 sq. ft. complex that should be ready next spring.

This new Kubota facility comes at a time of substantial investment for the company globally, as Kubota also recently opened a new 280-acre Research and Development Centre in the state of Georgia, built to meet the needs of Canadian and U.S. customers.

Ford said the investment will help Kubota continue to distribute the equipment that “allows our workers to build communities and grow fresh food” in Ontario. “By reducing red tape and lowering the cost of doing business, we will continue to attract top tier investment that benefits Ontarians.”

Peter Bethlenfalvy, Pickering-Uxbridge MPP and Ontario’s Finance Minister, said the Kubota facility will be “a vital part of our mission” to strengthen the provincial construction, agriculture, commercial and residential sectors. “This is the best place in Ontario to do business and we are so pleased to have them put down deeper roots in the Pickering community.”

Pickering’s federal representative, Jennifer O’Connell, was also on hand for the ribbon-cutting and called the investment “reinforces” Pickering and Durham Region as an “agricultural hub.”

 

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