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PowerSports Business - June 15, 2015

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30 • June 15, 2015 • Powersports Business ATV/UTV www.PowersportsBusiness.com DIGEST WILDCAT 700 SPORT WINS AT WORCS SERIES The Team Arctic/D&P Performance race team consisting of Karl Munford, Dean Bulloch and Stacey Pike have sent a clear message that the 60-inch wide Wildcat Sport Limited continues to be competitive straight off the showroom floor. Fresh off a second place King of the Hammers podium in the Pro UTV Class, the D&P Performance team built three Wildcat Sport Limiteds in three days to compete in Round 6 of the WORCS series. The fruit of their labor was nothing but suc- cess as Munford won the 700 Production Class, while Pike and Bulloch finished second and third, respectively, in 900 Production. Bulloch said on the podium, "These Wild- cat Sports continue to amaze us. We literally pulled these three units off the showroom floor and prepped them to race spec in three days. To get a win and two podiums says something about the durability and capability of these 60-inch Arctic Cat UTVs." "We are impressed and proud of the D&P Performance team success in the Pro- duction classes at WORCS," said Greg Wil- liamson, Arctic Cat chief marketing officer. "It highlights what this team is capable of in a short timeframe, and it shows the capabil- ity of our Wildcat Sport Limiteds off the showroom floor." The next stop on the 2015 WORCS tour is July 31-Aug. 2 at Straddeline ORV in McCleary, Wash. PSB CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 Kubota Tractor Corporation (KTC) and Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation (KMA) on May 26 officially announced plans to increase production capacity for Kubota equipment in the U.S. by building a new manufacturing plant and expanding its existing operations in Gaines- ville, Ga. The company's expansion plans come on the heels of KTC's recent announcement that it will relocate its U.S. headquarters to Grape- vine, Texas, in an effort to get closer to its major markets and customers. The new Georgia plant will be located on 180 acres at Gateway Industrial Centre, in Gainesville-Hall County, three miles from KMA's existing facilities. The new building will be an estimated 502,000 square feet. The existing KMA facility, which has been in opera- tion since 1988 and employs approximately 1,300 people, will also undergo enhancements to increase its production capacity to support Kubota's growing turf business. "The demand for Kubota products continues to grow in the U.S.," said Mr. Hironobu Kubota, president of KMA. "We estimate that this expansion of our operations will allow us to increase production capacity by 60 percent over the next five years." The announcement further demonstrates the company's commitment to support its growing product offerings with operational excellence as a priority. "Growing our manu- facturing operations in Georgia will enable us to achieve even greater operational efficiencies to make Kubota's business stronger and more competitive," said Mr. Masato Yoshikawa, president and CEO of KTC. "We will be better equipped to respond to market needs more quickly, satisfying both dealer and customer demand for Kubota's popular sub-compact tractors, turf products and utility vehicles." Both KTC and KMA are U.S. subsidiaries of Kubota Corporation, based in Osaka, Japan, and have been actively pursuing an aggressive growth strategy in the U.S. Construction of the new facility in Gaines- ville is expected to begin in September 2015 with a goal to begin mass production in spring of 2017. The new plant will manufacture Kubo- ta's RTV series utility vehicles, with the capacity to produce 50,000 units annually. Kubota has been operating in the state of Georgia for more than 40 years, with its first operations located in Norcross. In the mid- 1980s, Kubota purchased its first office build- ing in the state at the current KTC Southeast Division headquarters in Suwanee. Since that time, Kubota has further expanded its opera- tion in Georgia to include KMA in Gaines- ville, its National Distribution Center (NDC) in Jefferson and Kubota Industrial Equip- ment (KIE), also in Jefferson, which produces Kubota implements, including loaders and backhoes. PSB Kubota expands U.S. manufacturing operations Kubota's RTV X-Series is built at the company's Gainesville, Ga., facility, which is undergoing an expansion.

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