An increased focus on efficiency and production
There’s always more to the story when you dig deeper. For almost 25 years, Farm Journal has tracked where ag machines are manufactured and assembled by the major companies. Turn to page 22 to see a table detailing who makes what machines where, highlighting models sold in the U.S. and tractors more than 60 engine hp.
There are acquisitions and series expansions that are easy to spot in the table, but there are also manufacturing investments, milestones and other movements in the market that aren’t as apparent.
The machines are pulled through the assembly process with an automated guide vehicle and are tested and certified on-site.
Announced this past year, AGCO will invest $42 million in its Jackson, Minn., factory over a three-year time frame. High demand for Sunflower tillage tools has prompted AGCO to expand its Beloit, Kan., manfacturing campus. The $16 million project will add 80,000 sq. ft., increasing the manufacturing facility to a total of 250,000 sq. ft. The additional space, as well as a reconfiguration of the manufacturing process, will improve product flow through the plant and increase productivity by 30%. Completion is expected by the end of 2014. Total combined manufacturing space of Sunflower’s Cawker City, Kan., and Beloit factories will be 300,000 sq. ft. Three years after acquiring Fella, the hay tools made in Feucht, Germany, are now branded Massey Ferguson.
Buhler Industries continues to add depth to its product line. In 2013, the company introduced grain carts manufactured at its Willmar, Minn., facility.
The past year marked the centennial celebration for Claas and its 450,000th combine, produced at the company’s Omaha, Neb., factory in July and purchased by an Ohio farmer. The company has 11 factories around the world and has been producing combines in Nebraska since 1999.
With a $60 million investment, Case IH introduced draper headers and corn heads produced at the new Combine Header Center of Excellence in Burlington, Iowa. The facility will produce headers for the U.S. market and abroad; one-quarter of the machines are bound for export.
New Holland continues to upgrade factories to maximize manufacturing technologies and enhance efficiencies. The company provides a virtual tour of its Zedelgem, Belgium, and Basildon, England, factories on its website.
With an $85 million factory investment, John Deere rolled out its new self-propelled sprayers from an expanded Des Moines, Iowa, facility. Also in 2013, the company acquired Bauer Built Manufacturing in Paton, Iowa. Since 2002, Bauer has co-branded planters with John Deere as part of a design and manufacturing partnership. In 2009, John Deere introduced its largest-ever planter, the DB120, in conjunction with Bauer.
Since the acquisition of Kverneland, Kubota introduces its first products from the line—hay tools designed for the U.S. market. The new hay tools will be manufactured at the company’s factories in Denmark and the Netherlands. Kubota reached a new record of 2.1 million square feet of manufacturing and assembly in Georgia, where the company produces small ag tractors, loaders and backhoes, as well as assembles various products.
McCormick USA is transitioning production of its largest compact tractors from South Korea to Fabbrico, Italy, with plans to expand their product lineup and manufacturing footprint.
As the machinery industry marches forward, our team will detail the backstory in manufacturing.
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