MARKHAM, Ont.—Heavy equipment manufacturer Kubota Corp. is expanding its Canadian footprint with a new headquarters and warehousing facility east of Toronto.
The company’s Canadian subsidiary, which markets and distributes Kubota’s tractors, construction equipment and utility vehicles, plans to spend $67 million on the project that will shift its base of operations from an existing site in Markham to Pickering, Ont.
Kubota Canada Ltd.’s said the new facility will cover 565,500 sq. ft. and could expand to up to one million sq. ft. in the future.
“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,” Bob Hickey, president of Kubota Canada, said in a statement. “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.”
Kubota currently employs 190 workers at its Markham facility. It will shift its workforce to the new Pickering location in two phases and also plans to add 60 more employees to its payroll over the next several years. By 2027, the company expects the new headquarters and warehousing space to employ 250.
The sprawling new Pickering facility will also include equipment testing grounds and training areas.
Construction on the site is scheduled to start this fall and wrap up by the end of 2019.