A Japanese tractor manufacturer will use a roughly 318-acre plot of land in west Denton County to test and showcase farming equipment, the company announced today.
Kubota, which makes everything from hay balers to riding mowers, said the so-called Kubota Ranch in Ponder will eventually be a destination for the company to preview new equipment.
Kubota, which has its North American headquarters in Grapevine, is one of several of Japanese companies that relocated from California to Dallas-Fort Worth in recent years, including Toyota and OKI Data.
“Kubota has considered a land purchase of this nature for quite some time, and with our Grapevine headquarters in such close proximity, the opportunity to expand our operations and research and development capabilities here in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth region makes solid business sense,” Masato Yoshikawa, Kubota Tractor Corporation president and CEO, said in a statement. “With this land, we will now be able to expand our physical footprint and build out our vision for the ranch to evaluate and test our equipment.”
Kubota isn’t the first Japanese manufacturer to homestead outside Denton, and it’s far from the biggest.
In 2014, Toyota quietly bought a 75-acre ranch valued over $10 million that it planned to use as an executive retreat, as The Dallas Morning Newsreported last year. The private spread will include a motor track, car museum, Japanese gardens and other amenities.
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