Kubota Corporation to Acquire Great Plains Manufacturing

May 13, 2016 09:17 AM

Kubota Corporation said Friday that it plans to buy Great Plains Manufacturing Inc., of Salina, Kansas.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but once final, the purchase will include all five Great Plains divisions, including: Great Plains Ag, Land Pride, Great Plains International, Great Plains Trucking and Great Plains Acceptance Corporation. Founded in 1976, Great Plains manufactures a variety of specialty machinery, including seed placement equipment, nutrient applicators, mowers, and more.

The acquisition grew out of an ongoing partnership between Kubota and Great Plains’ Land Pride division, which manufactures grounds maintenance tools such as mowers and other dirt-working equipment.

Since 2007, Kubota has worked closely with Land Pride division to provide performance-matched implements to Kubota customers. "This acquisition aligns with our long-term strategic vision to continue our market expansion and provide high-quality products and comprehensive solutions for our customers,” said Masato Yoshikawa, president and CEO of Kubota Tractor Corp. 

What happens now?

The plan is for all five Great Plains divisions to continue to operate as they have been with their infrastructure intact. “We intend to respect the distinctiveness of the brands, trademarks and operational strengths,” said Todd Stucke, senior vice president of sales, marketing and product support for Kubota. “Doing so will allow employees, dealers and customers to do business with the same great companies they have come to know and trust.”

Roy Applequist, Great Plains’ founder and chairman will remain on the leadership team during the transition. “My plan is to play a significant role in helping Great Plains become a vital part of the Kubota family,” said Applequist. “Great Plains’ leadership position in the agricultural implement business has been earned by striving to do our best in satisfying our customers’ needs, and we are confident that teaming up with Kubota will allow us to continue to uphold this tradition.”

For Kubota, the partnership will build on the tractor company’s presence in Kansas, where it plans to establish a North American distribution center. Based in California, Kubota Tractor Corp. is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota machinery and equipment for the Japanese company.


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Spell Check

grapevine, TX
5/13/2016 05:52 PM

  kubota na headquarters moving from torrance ca to grapevine tx (300 mi from Salina)

Abilene , KS
5/13/2016 10:38 AM

  As employee of Great Plains / Land Pride its a bitter sweet news being proud to work for a family owned business like this is a privilege. But too the ag market soft this could be the boost that brings in more profits and expantion into a bigger market share and in turn keep us around for a long time to come.

Abilene, KS
5/14/2016 06:54 AM

  I am disappointed great plains will be aquired by Kubota , Kubota is a japan product and just doesn't sit well with so many of our home grown companies selling out to foreign buyers Kubota's dealer network isn't well presented either hopefully Kubota will be a silent parent company and still let great plains operate as an independent manufacture then it won't be so bad Just wondering if the john deere dealers will have to sell Kubota equipment just to keep the great plains line time will tell


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