The Kubota tractor has its roots on the Japanese farm. Although Japanese farms are traditionally smaller than those in America, the need for high performance and powerful maneuverability is the same. Kubota Corporation introduced its first tractor to the United States in 1969. Filling a product void in the American marketplace, the Kubota 21 horsepower L200 was an overnight success. As a result, Kubota Tractor Corporation (KTC) was formed in 1972 and the company introduced its first 12 h.p. four-wheel drive tractor in 1974. Although four-wheel drive was common among larger American tractors, it was unheard of in the compact sector and became a benchmark for the industry.
Salina, Kansas-based Land Pride is a company proud of our Midwestern roots. Land Pride, a Division of Great Plains Mfg., Inc., has been a leader in grounds maintenance equipment since our inception in 1986. Today, we are known not only as a leader in turf equipment, but also recognized across North America as a leader in tractor- and skid steer-mounted implements that include Rotary Tillers, Grooming Mowers, Overseeders, Rotary Cutters, Rear Blades, Landscape Rakes, Snow Blowers, Zero Turn Mowers, and much more.
The first machine labeled a BOB-CAT® was actually a commercial snow-thrower built by Wisconsin Marine Company in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. But it established the sterling reputation that continues through today’s industry-leading mower lineup. Since the 1950s, the BOB-CAT® brand has stood for extremely durable, high-quality products.
From the first 21″ commercial mowers introduced in the 1970s to the variable speed walk-behinds and zero-turn riding mowers to follow, BOB-CAT® continued to cut through the competition with performance and reliability customers could count on. BOB-CAT® moved to Johnson Creek in 1979, and a variety of new products were developed throughout the 1980s, including many for a Golf Products Division.
The 1990s represented a renaissance for BOB-CAT®. A new mower called the ZT200 would be the predecessor to the current Predator-Pro and ProCat models. A resurgence in sales and interest followed, culminating in the sale of the BOB-CAT® brand to Textron, which in turn sold the commercial mowing and turf care businesses in 2006. A new company called Schiller Grounds Care, Inc., was formed, dedicated to producing the highest quality commercial equipment for landscape professionals and residential customers.
BOB-CAT® has a strong heritage of being built by American hands for over 40 years. Our elite, highly experienced product development team has 30+ average years of experience at BOB-CAT® and in the commercial mower industry.
For more than six decades, Vermeer has been making an impact by providing agricultural and industrial equipment that is built tough, built to perform, built for value and backed by caring customer service. But our impact doesn’t stop there. It goes far beyond the high-quality of our yellow iron. That’s just our starting point. Today, we are an industrial and agricultural equipment company helping make a real impact in a progressing world.
Customers who use Vermeer equipment and service strive to be more productive, profitable and help make good things happen in communities large and small by improving infrastructure that keeps people connected, working farms and ranches that support a vibrant food supply, and by efficiently and responsibly managing natural resources.
We also deliver a positive impact on the more than 3,000 team members of Vermeer and our affiliated companies who have chosen to build a lasting, successful career at one of our worldwide locations, and these people are committed to making a difference in the communities in which they live and work.
We are proud of the impact we are making with our people, our customers and our world and we are a company committed to making a real impact through all our business practices.