Governor Laura Kelly Applauds Great Plains Manufacturing Salina Expansion

Aug 19, 2020

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OPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today congratulated Kubota and its subsidiary Great Plains Manufacturing on the announcement of a new manufacturing facility in Salina.

This project will create 130 new full-time jobs and result in more than $43 million in capital investment, with potential for additional jobs and investment in the future. The company will acquire an existing building and invest in significant renovations.

“From day one, my administration has prioritized rebuilding Kansas’ foundation,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “We know global investment and trade are critical to the state’s economy and I’m committed to growing the strong relationship between Kubota, Great Plains Manufacturing, and the State of Kansas, and welcome the opportunity to work together to support this great company and the region.”

“Great Plains Manufacturing is a great Kansas company, and Kubota has been a wonderful partner to Kansas for years,” Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “I am so grateful that they have chosen our state for this manufacturing investment. Along with last year’s Edgerton expansion and the new plant in Abilene, this move proves Kubota understands the enormous value of the strategic advantages the state of Kansas provides for manufacturing and distribution.”

In Kansas since 1976, Great Plains Manufacturing is a Salina-based agricultural equipment manufacturer with multiple plants in north-central Kansas. The majority of its plants are located within small, rural Kansas communities. The company was acquired by Kubota Corporation of Japan in 2016 after a longtime partnership between the two companies.

In August 2019, Governor Kelly and Secretary Toland attended the grand opening of Kubota’s new 2-million-square-foot distribution center in Edgerton. Secretary Toland and members of the Commerce International Division then visited Kubota headquarters in Osaka, Japan in September 2019 to thank Kubota for their presence in Kansas and to make the case for additional investment in the state.  With the acquisition of Great Plains and the construction of the new distribution center, Kubota currently employs over 1,600 Kansans.