The agricultural economy must be doing well to experience announcements of manufacturing expansion. AGCO made such an announcement today. The company will add 75,000 sq. ft. to its Jackson, MN, plant to handle the production of high-horsepower wheeled row-crop Massey Ferguson and Challenger tractors. Plans for the addition also include a visitors center.
Currently, Challenger track and articulated 4-wheel-drive tractors, high-flotation applicators and high-clearance sprayers are made in at the Jackson facility by 900 employees. Expanding the plant will require the hiring of another 100 employees with an annual payroll of $5.68 million, ACGO reports.
Bob Crain, general manager for AGCO North America, was on hand for the event. Crain says the manufacturing expansion is part of the company's plans to place manufacturing in the United States where the customers are located. "We'll be able to offer machines more closely configured to the production practices and needs of our customers here while also reducing delivery time to both dealers and farmers," he stated in a news release.
The expansion should be completed by the end of 2011. The visitor's center will take up 17,000 sq. ft. of the expansion and is expected to host 10,000 visitors a year.