Our History

Our History

Kubota was first established in 1890 as a foundry.  In 1922 the first kerosene engine was introduced for use in the agricultural market.  Since then Kubota engines have continued to evolve and thrive around the world.  Below is a historical view of how Kubota engines and how KEA came to be established in 1998 in the United States.

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.

Rinkai Japan in 1985

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.