- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2020

SALINA, Kan. (AP) - An agricultural equipment manufacturer plans to invest $43 million to put in a facility in Salina, Kansas, that will create 120 new jobs, the governor’s office said Thursday.

Great Plains Manufacturing, a Salina-based agricultural equipment manufacturer that has been in Kansas since 1976, already has several plants in north-central Kansas. Most of them are located in rural communities. The company was acquired by Kubota Corporation of Japan in 2016.

“We know global investment and trade are critical to the state’s economy and I’m committed to growing the strong relationship between Kubota, Great Plains Manufacturing, and the State of Kansas, and welcome the opportunity to work together to support this great company and the region,” Gov. Laura Kelly said in a news release.

The company plans to acquire an existing building in Salina to renovate for its new facility.

Kubuta also opened a new 2-million-square-foot distribution center in Edgerton last year.

The company currently employs more than 1,600 Kansans.

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