A reflection of the strong partnership between Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation (KMA) and Lanier Technical College, Kubota recently donated a new Kubota model BX Tractor to the school.
Since 1999, Lanier Tech’s economic development department has trained Kubota employees in the Certified Manufacturing Specialists Program. The 160 hour course guarantees employees a $1 per hour increase in wages upon completion. To date, over 200 Kubota employees have completed the course. In addition, the program qualifies for the state’s HOPE grant, with no out-of-pocket costs for the employee.
“We wanted to do something special for Lanier Tech, in honor of the quality training services they continue to provide for Kubota. The tractor will be used by students for educational purposes such as assembly, disassembly, quality control, and product design,” said Kubota Human Resource Manager Laura Vandiver.
Under the direction of President Juichi “John” Shiraishi, KMA manufactures implements for tractors (front loaders and backhoes) that are installed on Kubota-manufactured tractors.
The industry, which located to Gainesville in 1988, is housed in two buildings totaling over 600,000 square feet in Industrial Park North and employs 700 people.
“Kubota has been a wonderful partner with Lanier Technical College since they located their facility in Gainesville 15 years ago,” said Dr. Michael Moye, President of Lanier Technical College. “We have provided Quick Start certified manufacturing, customized, as well as computer and safety training for Kubota Manufacturing during those years. They have contributed to our foundation annually, and today is yet another example of their outstanding corporate citizenship.
Kubota Manufacturing of America, 2715 Ramsey Road in Gainesville. 770-532-0038.
Lanier Technical College, 2990 Education Drive in Oakwood. 770-531-6355.
Related Information http://www.kubota-kma.com