AGCO Invests $2 Million In Compact And Utility Tractor Site
By Mike Brezonick22 September 2017
AGCO Corp. said it is investing $2 million in its Edgewood, Md., assembly and distribution facility for Massey Ferguson compact and utility tractors and equipment (CUE). More production and warehouse space, new assembly line equipment and conversion to paperless order tracking through assembly, quality control and shipping are some of the improvements planned.
AGCO began updating the Edgewood facility in July and the work is scheduled to be completed in November, the company said.
“Our investment in the Edgewood facility will ensure our Massey Ferguson CUE dealers can meet current demand and the growing needs of their compact and utility equipment customers,” said James Shurts, director of operations for AGCO. “The changes we’re making will help them keep inventory current, so they can get our high-quality products into the hands of retail customers quickly, if not immediately.”
AGCO said the facility changes will reduce the time from order to shipment to 48 hours or less, take product quality to a higher level, increase production volume by 50% and provide a safer work environment.
Similar expansions are planned for the two other U.S.-based AGCO assembly and distribution facilities in Houston, Texas, and Tacoma, Wash.
“Doing final assembly of AGCO’s globally manufactured products at just three primary locations also allows us to standardize our equipment testing process, ensuring the very best product quality before the tractors reach our dealerships,” Shurts said. “Excitement about the high-quality compact and utility tractors recently introduced to the Massey Ferguson line and a sizable number of new dealers coming on board since January 2016 is creating a lot of demand for our products — a trend we expect to continue. By expanding and enhancing our assembly centers, we’ll be better prepared to meet this demand.”