DULUTH, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE: AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, announced today it plans to make investments in its North American manufacturing capabilities. “We are continuing to focus on increasing our manufacturing presence in North America, particularly with investments in our Hesston, Kansas and Jackson, Minnesota facilities,” said Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President and CEO of AGCO. “We intend to make substantial investments in our North American plants over the next few years. These investments will reinforce our commitment to our North American customers and dealers.”
In a first step, AGCO will transfer its high horsepower, wheeled tractor assembly for tractors sold in North America from its tractor manufacturing facility in Beauvais, France to AGCO’s operations in Jackson, Minnesota. “The expansion of high horsepower tractor production will include an extension of the assembly line and investments in advanced material handling systems to efficiently deliver parts and material to the assembly line,” said Robert B. Crain, Senior Vice President and General Manager AGCO North America. “In addition, AGCO will build a state of the art visitor center in Jackson to significantly enhance the experience for our customers and dealers.” In total, the existing plant will be expanded by about 75,000 square feet. Plans are to begin assembly of AGCO’s high horsepower Massey Ferguson 8600 Series and Challenger MT600C Series tractors sold in the North American market in late 2011.
AGCO has made significant progress in improving its North American operating results, mainly driven by new products, factory productivity and logistics savings initiatives. “We see continued strong demand in the high horsepower tractor market sector driven by improving economics for the professional farmer,” explained Mr. Crain. “The production of high horsepower row crop tractors in Jackson will allow us to be more responsive to market demands and customer needs.”
AGCO’s Beauvais, France facility will also receive significant investment in 2011 in order to boost new model introductions, meet new market opportunities and complete the introduction of lean manufacturing improvements which began in 2010.
Mr. Richenhagen continued, “These investments will deliver major benefits to both our North American and European manufacturing operations and enhance our ability to meet our customers’ needs.”
AGCO, Your Agriculture Company, (NYSE: AGCO) was founded in 1990 and offers a full product line of tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers, forage, tillage equipment, implements, and related replacement parts. AGCO agricultural products are sold under the core brands of Challenger®, Fendt®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra®, and are distributed globally through more than 2,700 independent dealers and distributors, in more than 140 countries worldwide. AGCO provides retail financing through AGCO Finance. AGCO is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, USA. In 2009, AGCO had net sales of $6.6 billion. Please visit our website at http://www.AGCOcorp.com.
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