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Proven Dedication to Reliable and Clean Engines

Kubota is the world-leading manufacturer of compact, multi-cylinder, liquid-cooled diesel engines up to 210 HP. Kubota Engine America Corporation (KEA) oversees the sale of engines, generators and service parts.

In 1890, Kubota Corporation started its rich history of innovation and contribution to society in Osaka, Japan. In 1922, Kubota launched production of the horizontal, liquid-cooled kerosene engine for agricultural use. The first compact diesel engine was sold in the United States in 1976. Today, Kubota has grown into the world-leading manufacturer of emission compliant compact multi-cylinder, liquid-cooled diesel engines below 100 HP.

In 1982, with only four employees, the Engine Division was established in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, as a part of Kubota Tractor Corporation (KTC). The Engine Division was dedicated to the sales and reinforcement of technical support of the expanding industrial diesel engine market in the United States. Kubota Corporation and KEA pioneered the compact, high-density diesel market as an alternative to small gasoline engines. In response to the continued rise in diesel engine demand in the U.S. market, KEA was formed in 1998 as an independent company and a subsidiary of Kubota Corporation. KEA continues to provide the sales, distribution, engineering, and service and parts support of industrial diesel and spark-ignited engines.

With almost 20 years since KEA was formed, the KEA family has grown to over 100 employees and relies on an extensive engine and generator distribution network, along with over 800 dealers in the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean to support its customer base.

1890

 

 

Kubota Corporation established as a foundry.

1922

 

 

Produced the first horizontal, liquid-cooled kerosene engine for agricultural use.

1937

Sakai Plant established for exclusive engine production.

1950

Started production of first horizontal engine.

1975

 

 

Tsukuba Plant established.

1982

 

 

U.S. Engine Division established within Kubota Tractor Corp. in Elk Grove Village, IL.

1985

 

 

Established Sakai Rinkai Plant exclusive for engine production.

1987

Reached production of the 10 millionth engine.

1993

Introduced the D1105-E diesel engine.

1994

Sakai, Tsukuba, and Sakai Rinkai plants earned ISO9002 Quality Management Certification.

1995

Production began on engines compliant with California Air Resources Board (CARB) emission regulations.

1997

 

 

Tsukuba plant earned ISO14001 Certification of the Environmental Management System.

1998

100,000 engines sold in the U.S.

U.S. Engine Division became independent from Kubota Tractor Corp. Kubota Engine America (KEA), established in Lincolnshire, IL.

1999

Started production of engines in compliance with the U.S. EPA.

Sakai Rinkai and Sakai Plant achieved ISO14001 Certification.

2001

Development of the water-cooled gasoline and dual (gasoline/LP gas) fuel engines in compliance with the U.S. LSI emission regulations.

2002

KEA Dyno Lab underwent several upgrades to mirror Kubota Corporation’s facilities.

2004

 

 

Over 200,000 engines sold in the U.S.

KEA starts to sell Kubota-brand diesel generators.

2009

KEA Dyno Lab underwent several upgrades to mirror Kubota Corporation’s facilities.

2012

Introduced the WG1605, 1.5 Liter LSI engine.

Introduced the V3800-CR-T, Interim Tier 4/Stage IIIB compliant engine.

Building expansion at KEA for a total of 178,000 square feet.

2015

Introduction of WG3800.

Kubota Engine Division, Canada becomes part of KEA.

2016

Launch of Kubota Engine Academy.

Introduced new GL14000.

2018

 

20th anniversary celebration for KEA.