Major machinery companies investment in highly efficient equipment
When a new piece of equipment joins your fleet, it’s ready to work thanks to the dozens of hours logged in the design, manufacturing and assembly of each and every detail. For more than two decades, Farm Journal has tracked and provided insight into where the major machinery companies manufacture and assemble the equipment you take to the field.
In the past year, the machinery market underwent several acquisitions and partnerships, which influenced the overall dynamics of the industry. The comprehensive table on pages 16 and 17 details who makes what machines where, highlighting models sold in the U.S. and tractors with more than 60 engine hp. The manufacturing highlights from 2014 include:
- AGCO is in its second year of a $42 million upgrade and expansion project at its engineering and manufacturing facility in Jackson, Minn. The company has made a significant investment in order to manufacture critical components in-house. A 30,000-sq.-ft. expansion of its component manufacturing area includes two new laser cutters, a material handling system and state-of-the-art welding and machining equipment.
- Buhler Industries introduced the SX240 and SX280 self-propelled sprayers. The sprayers are manufactured at its Willmar, Minn., facility.
- Since 2008, Case IH has invested more than $50 million in its Fargo, N.D., plant where the Case IH Steiger tractor is manufactured. Most equipment improvements were made in 2013 and 2014. The investment initiative includes cutting-edge technology in the assembly process, such as fabrication, machining, welding and paint assembly. The in-house welding process uses robot technology to provide a boost in efficiency, better quality welds and a more robust end product.
- CNH invested $24 million to expand its Burlington, Iowa, manufacturing facility. The plant produces New Holland agricultural equipment, including the 840CD and 880CF draperheads and 980CR corn heads. The investment will provide production improvements, such as a dedicated paint line, welding, computer numerical control machining equipment and a dedicated assembly line.
- John Deere celebrated a manufacturing milestone with the completion of the one millionth tractor built at the Augusta factory in Grovetown, Ga. The factory, which was built in 1991, manufactures the utility tractor family. John Deere also announced its first prototype quad track, the 9RX, is under development. A release date has not yet been announced.
- With a $55 million investment in its Bierne, France, factory, Kubota made a splash in the market with the M7 tractor series—the largest horsepower offering in company history. After its acquisition of Kverneland in 2012, Kubota introduced its second phase of hay tools for the U.S. market. The hay tools will be manufactured at the company’s factories in Denmark and the Netherlands. Kubota plans to expand its footprint in North America with a 450,000-sq.-ft. parts distribution center in Edgerton, Kan.