An increased focus on efficiency and production
For two decades, Farm Journal has tracked agricultural machinery brands and models and where they are manufactured. Mergers, acquisitions and partnerships play a big part in shaping the industry, but this year the most significant news was investments in existing facilities.
This year's table is limited to models sold in the U.S. and tractors of more than 60 engine horsepower.
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Manufacturing highlights from 2012 include:
- In June, AGCO moved production of its Massey Ferguson 8600 Series and Challenger MT600D Series high-horsepower row-crop tractors to its Jackson, Minn., factory. Previously, they were made in France. The expansion doubles the plant’s production capability, from 1,000 tractors per year to 2,000 or more. AGCO also opened its Intivity Center, a 17,000-sq.-ft. visitor center, to highlight the Massey Ferguson, Challenger, RoGator and TerraGator brands. Also in 2012, the company invested $40 million to expand its Hesston, Kan., facility and add a new paint line. In September, the company unveiled the Fendt Ahead2 project, a $300 million expansion to produce 20,000 tractors a year at its Marktoberdorf headquarters. The facility can produce up to 28,500 continuously variable transmissions a year, which are used in multiple AGCO products.
- After a series of acquisitions to expand the Versatile brand beyond tractors, Russian parent company Rostselmash introduced a combine to the North American market.
- Claas assembles Lexion combines at its factory in Omaha, Neb. The company says 35% of its parts are sourced from the U.S. and Canada, including engines from Caterpillar and grain tanks manufactured in Lincoln, Neb.
- Case IH is adding 168,000 sq. ft. to its Goodfield, Ill., plant, which manufactures tillage models and fertilizer toolbars. This project includes a paint line for powder topcoat. The Case IH tractor plant in Racine, Wis., received ISO 50001 energy efficiency certification, joining only a handful of com-panies worldwide. The Racine plant produces Magnum tractors; transmissions and final drives for Axial-Flow combines and Module Express cotton pickers; cabs for Patriot sprayers; and axles and valves in Steiger tractors.
- With more than 100 years of manufacturing history in Zedelgem, Belgium, New Holland invested in a new customer center adjacent to the factory. It will welcome more than 5,000 visitors every year. At the Zedelgem facilities, New Holland manufactures CX conventional combines, self-propelled forage harvesters and large square balers for the U.S. market.
- This past spring, John Deere expanded its Des Moines Works factory by 300,000 sq. ft. to increase production of self-propelled sprayers. The company will continue to ramp up tractor production in Waterloo, Iowa, which ships tractors to more than 130 countries. Two of John Deere’s Moline, Ill., facilities will receive upgrades: a $47 million investment at the plant that makes hydraulic cylinders and components and $58 million at John Deere Seeding.
- Early in 2013, Kubota will open a $73 million manufacturing plant in Jefferson, Ga. The 500,000-sq.-ft. facility will focus on 30-hp to 50-hp tractors and is expected to produce 22,000 units a year. The new facility is adjacent to the Kubota factory that produces front-end loaders and backhoes.
- Starting in 2008, McCormick has consolidated its Kiel, Wis., and Baltimore, Md., operations into a single facility in Duluth, Ga., for light assembly. Its tractors are made in Italy, home to parent company ARGO, as well as South Korea.
- Machinery Guide 2013