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Kubota to relocate Canadian warehousing


Japanese tractor and equipment maker Kubota’s Canadian arm plans to decamp its warehousing and head office next year for a new “state of the art” space 25 km east.

Kubota Canada announced Thursday it will move those operations from Markham, Ont. to a new facility it will build at Pickering by the end of 2019.

“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,” Bob Hickey, president of Kubota Canada, said in a release.

The company, which has operated at Markham “continuously” since 1975, will start construction this fall on the new facility, at a total expected cost of $67 million.

The Pickering site will cover 565,500 square feet, Kubota said, but is scalable up to one million square feet “in the future.”

By the end of 2019, the company said, it would start moving its offices to its new location in two phases, first its head office and “wholegoods” operations, with its parts operations to follow.

The Pickering site, Kubota said, will also offer “enhanced testing, training and increased warehousing areas with room for future expansion.”

“Our new location will enable us to have easy access to highways (and) affordable housing for our employees, as well as to equipment testing and training areas,” Hickey said.

The company noted it plans to boost its Canadian workforce to 250 employees by 2027, from 190 currently.

Pickering, Hickey said, “provides a great sense of community and lends itself perfectly to our growing technological advancements.” — Network

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