Compact Equipment

JUN 2018

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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www.compactequip.com 25 eliminates that fatigue which ultimately increases safety and productivity." We took a brief break in our test drive to shoot some photos and take a closer look at the RTV-X1120's hydraulic bed lift, which allows operators to dump the heavy-duty steel cargo box with ease. The cargo box has the capability to haul 1,102 lbs of materials around a jobsite. The RTV- X1120 also features standard 2-in. receivers on the front and back for towing up to 1,300 lbs. Taking the Tour Our visit to Kubota wasn't all zipping around on UTVs. We also had the chance to tour the company's picturesque corporate headquarters (which earned its Gold LEED certi- fication late last year). The building, which opened in Janu- ary 2017, sits on 27 acres of land that was purchased from former Texas Ranger baseball player Rafael Palmeiro. Ev- erything in its design incorporates Kubota's "For Earth, For Life," motto, from recycled materials used throughout the building (reconstituted ebony in the wall paneling, rocks from the original site) to the membrane system used for water filtration (the Kubota Japan-branded system filters rain water and uses that water for the building's plumbing and irrigation). The corporate headquarters, which sits on the highest point of Grapevine, was constructed by Corgan Designs and is divided up into a 164,000-sq-ft main facility and a 64,000-sq-ft R&D department. Visitors are greeted by newer Kubota machines at the front entrance outside, while older tractor models from the 1970s welcome you on the inside. "It's really cool to see where Kubota has come from over the last four decades," said Chris Balsly, HR administrator and tour guide. "One of the models we have on display is our L200 Series, which was the first tractor introduced in 1972." After taking a quick peek at the R&D department, we ven- tured over to the main three-story facility which houses everything from human resources and payroll to product planning and parts. Immediately, we noticed the build- ing's living wall, which fits perfectly with the "For Earth, For Life" theme. The wall extends all three floors with live plants on the first, brown dirt on the second and blue sky on the third. Balsly then showed us the cafeteria, as well as the seating areas throughout the space. "When designing the building, the company wanted to go for an open collaborative environment to encourage employees to meet on the spot and not have to reserve a conference room," he said. "You'll see a lot of open seating, especially around our coffee bars, so people can sit down and work together." Balsly also showed us various classrooms and conference rooms (each one is named after a geographical spot in the United States), as well as the company gym and outside deck which overlooks the property. While our visit to Grapevine was short (less than 24 hours), we certainly learned a lot during our time at Kubota. There's nothing quite like an informative (and fun!) test drive to bet- ter appreciate the features that make the RTV-X1120 unique. Not a bad way to spend a Monday. Not bad at all. Pam Kleineke is managing editor of Compact Equipment . COMPANY CULTURE By Roger Gifford, Product Marketing Manager "For Earth, For Life" is much more than Kubota's brand statement. It's a mission we dedicate ourselves to as a global company. We are committed to engineering excellence so that our customers can focus on planting, feeding, building and caring for our world. Kubota's corporate headquarters became Gold LEED certified in late 2017.

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