‘Built in America’ shines through at AGCO’s Jackson expansion

2012-06-15T19:33:00Z ‘Built in America’ shines through at AGCO’s Jackson expansionBy ANDREA JOHNSON Assistant Editor Minnesota Farm Guide
June 15, 2012 7:33 pm  • 

JACKSON, Minn. – Farmers from across North America can now see their Challenger or Massey Ferguson high-horsepower wheeled row-crop tractor built in southwest Minnesota.

In 2011, AGCO expanded their manufacturing facility in Jackson by 75,000 square feet – over 1.7 acres.

Prior to the expansion, all buildings on the Jackson AGCO campus totaled 596,981 square feet, or 13.7 acres under roof. The expansion brings the total facility to 671,981 square feet, or 15.43 acres under roof.

The decision to build Challenger and Massey Ferguson high horsepower wheeled row-crop tractors in North America occurred about five years ago.

At that time, Bob Crain, AGCO senior vice president and general manager, attended a dealers’ panel meeting.

The dealers said they wanted to see these tractors built in North America.

They told Crain that “if you’re ever going to be serious with tractors in North America, you’ve got to produce them here.”

“We took that to heart,” said Crain. “This expansion is going to be a big, big part of helping us to grow our business, to help us take our business to the next step.”

Prior to the 2011 expansion, the Jackson facility was building Challenger MT700C and MT800C track tractors, as well as Challenger MT900C articulated four-wheel drive tractors, TerraGator high-flotation applicators, RoGator high-clearance applicators, and SpraCoupe high-clearance self-propelled row-crop sprayers.

Now Massey Ferguson 8600 Series and Challenger MT600D tractors have been added to the manufacturing line at the Jackson facility.

The expansion includes a complete overhaul of the tractor assembly line that now covers 16,000 square feet of manufacturing technologies and state of the art testing equipment.

A new 42,000-square feet automated facility delivers the appropriate parts and materials to the assembly line as needed for each individual tractor.

The expansion also includes the Intivity Center – a 17,000 square feet visitor center. The Center includes observation windows for viewing the tractor assembly line.

About 1,050 people are directly employed in professional, support and skilled manufacturing positions by AGCO in Jackson, with about 44 percent of the work force living in Jackson.

Jackson was selected for the major expansion for a number of reasons, said Crain.

“There is a long standing tradition of hard work, commitment and understanding of customer needs here in Jackson,” he said. “This commitment is evident from the speed with which the team here undertook and completed the construction, and brought the line up to full capacity to produce the Massey Ferguson and Challenger row crop tractors we can now proudly say are ‘built in North America’ for our customers and dealers here.”

The public is invited to visit the AGCO Intivity Center, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This welcome center showcases the farmer-focused innovations behind the brands that AGCO is built on.

The Intivity Center is located at 202 Industrial Parkway, Jackson, just one mile east of the junction of Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 71. Walking tours of the manufacturing facility are available Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Intivity Center is free to the public and open to visitors of all ages. Manufacturing facility tours are available only to ages 12 and up, and require reservations.

“Agriculture and innovation have a new home town, and that new home town is in beautiful Jackson, Minn.,” said Crain.

Visit http://jackson.AGCOcorp.com for more information.

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