In January 2011, AGCO announced its plans to produce Massey Ferguson® and Challenger® high horsepower wheeled row crop tractors in the company’s Jackson, Minnesota, USA, farm equipment manufacturing facility. The plans included a 75,000-square-foot expansion of the manufacturing facility and construction of a state-of-the-art visitors’ center. Click here to view the announcement video.
Construction began in April 2011 and we’re pleased to report that the construction is on schedule for completion in December 2011. Due to popular demand, a video camera has been mounted overlooking the construction areas with a live video feed that is currently streaming on AGCO’s Ustream channel. This past July, the 40,000-square-foot material kitting center was completed. In late September 2011, the 180-foot assembly line expansion will be complete. Then, pilot models will begin to roll off the line in December 2011. Full production is projected in June 2012. Here is an updated video compiled of time-lapsed photos of the construction leading up to this week.
Additionally, the new 17,000-square-foot visitor’s center construction is on schedule for completion at the end of 2011. The new center will be the official starting point for all factory tours and will provide visitors a first-class and innovative experience – The Jackson Experience. Guests will learn about AGCO’s brands and their history in agriculture innovation, and then see it first-hand on the guided tour. The center will have a large interactive equipment showroom, auditorium, meeting rooms and a cafe – all with state-of-the art technology.
The facility and visitors center will be open to the public in Spring 2012 – check back or visit http://jackson.agcocorp.com for more details.