It was less than a year ago that Agco celebrated bringing tractor production for its Massey Ferguson and Challenger wheeled row-crop tractors to North America - specifically Jackson, Minn. And already the company is expanding the facility.
This week, Agco broke ground on a three-year expansion project that will pour $42 million into the community, bring 75 more jobs and increase production capacity for the operation by 25%.
The three-year effort has seven phases affecting all areas of the Jackson campus including component manufacturing, tractor assembly and the application equipment assembly line. The first phase, scheduled to be complete this fall includes a 30,000-square-foot expansion of the component manufacturing area. This will boost capacity 20% and improve efficiency by reengineering the flow of materials to assembly stations.
In a press statement, Eric Fisher, Agco director of operations, says: "This expansion builds on the excitement that began in 2011 when Agco chose Jackson as the location where high-horsepower wheeled tractors for North America would be built." He adds that continued investment in the facility shows the company's commitment to meeting North American customer needs for tractor and application equipment.
The rest of the project includes expanding tractor assembly for more capacity, an in-line paint system for the application assembly line and enhanced testing capability for finished products.