Kubota Tractor names Yoshikawa president
Kubota Corp. has appointed Masato Yoshikawa as the new president of Kubota Tractor Corporation (KTC), based in Torrance, Calif.
Yoshikawa is a 32-year Kubota veteran and most recently held the position of general manager, corporate planning and control department for Kubota Corporation, headquartered in Osaka, Japan.
During his tenure with Kubota, Yoshikawa has spent nearly 13 years in U.S.-based assignments, most recently as president, Kubota Credit Corp., from 2003 to 2007. In that capacity, Yoshikawa played a significant role in developing the retail credit segment of KTC’s business, which has greatly influenced the company’s growth in recent years.
“Kubota Tractor Corporation has experienced tremendous growth over the last few decades, and I am proud to be a part of its history,” explained Yoshikawa. He follows former KTC president, Yuichi (Ken) Kitao, who served as president from January 2011 to October 2013, prior to his recent appointment as general manager, Farm and Utility Machinery Division for Kubota Corp.
Acknowledging KTC’s successive record years under Kitao’s leadership, Yoshikawa added, “KTC’s business growth has great momentum due to a forward-looking and tactical company vision, combined with continuous innovation and expansion of Kubota product offerings. Our recent introduction of Kubota Hay Tools and Spreaders, for example, will both enable our dealers to expand their individual businesses, and also provide our valued customers with comprehensive, trusted Kubota product solutions, all in one place.”
Noting Kubota’s recent expansion of its utility vehicle and zero turn mower business with the introduction of its RTV X-Series and Z700-Series last month, and highlighting the company’s renewed focus on its construction equipment business, Yoshikawa added: “We are committed to continuously innovating our products and processes to meet our customers’ needs, and I am confident that in doing so, we will continue to strengthen Kubota’s brand and position in the U.S. marketplace.”
Toro announces four ‘Ready. Set. GROW!’ finalists
The Toro Company has released the four finalists of its "Ready. Set. GROW!" grant program, opening the selection process to the public to decide on this year’s winner.
“We created this grant program to give back to the community and help support growers and organizations in their effort to apply more efficient and sustainable agricultural practices,” said Judson McNeil of the Toro Giving Program. “Each organization deserves to win, and we’re thrilled to help in some way with their efforts.”
The finalists include California-based Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton, which is staking its bid on a program that trains active-duty service members and veterans in sustainable agribusiness; North Louisiana Agri-Business Council, which would use the funds to educate the community on irrigation and water management; Project Fine – Colorful Growers from Winona, Minn., which would promote water-saving technologies in addition to healthy diets and exercise; and Visalia, Calif.-based Shannon Ranch Elementary School, which would install a drip irrigation system for the school garden, where students go to learn about life sciences.
The community grant program will funnel $15,000 to growers and non-profits that champion sustainable practices.
Voting for the public will be open through Nov. 19 to determine which organization will receive the largest grant of $7,000. The second-place winner will receive $4,000, while the third and fourth-place winners will each get $2,000.