More Action In Jackson For AGCO
AGCO announced that is has begun a further expansion of its Jackson, Minn., manufacturing center. During the next three years, AGCO will invest an estimated $42 million in infrastructure, increasing production capacity and efficiency in order to help meet growing demand for the tractors and application equipment built there.
The three-year endeavor is made up of seven phases affecting all areas of the campus, including component manufacturing, the tractor assembly line and the application equipment assembly line. Once completed, the expansion will create 75 additional permanent jobs at the facility, bringing the total number of employees to more than 1200. AGCO said the project will increase production capacity by 25% for both the tractor and sprayer assembly lines while maintaining product quality.
The first phase, scheduled to be complete this fall 2013, includes a 30,000 sq. ft. expansion of the component manufacturing area, which will increase capacity by 20% and improve efficiency by reengineering the flow of materials to assembly stations. The installation of an additional robotic welder and a sheet laser are intended to improve productivity and positively impact all equipment built in Jackson. Remaining phases include expanding the tractor assembly line for increased production capacity, an in-line paint system for the application assembly line and testing facilities for finished products.
It is the second significant expansion in Jackson in recent years. Last June, AGCO expanded its Jackson location to bring production of Massey Ferguson and Challenger wheeled row-crop tractors to North America. That expansion also included AGCO’s first North American welcome center.