by Dave Moore, Staff Writer
The April 7 opening of Kubota Tractor Corporation and Kubota Credit Corporation’s North American headquarters in Grapevine marks more than a new corporate relocation to North Texas; it underscores the importance of ongoing efforts by the Dallas Regional Chamber and its partners in recruiting international corporations to North Texas.
“Today is an important day for Kubota as this new building is both a testament to our commitment to the future growth of our business in the U.S., and our pledge of being a socially responsible corporate citizen and active business partner with the great state of Texas and the City of Grapevine,” Masato Yoshikawa, President and CEO of Kubota Tractor Corporation, said at the ceremony. “As a new employer to the area, our hope is to continue to attract talent from the local community with this open environment, state-of-the art workplace and continue our long-term growth strategy to strengthen the Kubota brand in the U.S.”
Also on hand at the event were Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate, and staff members from the City of Grapevine, the Dallas Regional Chamber, and the governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism, who worked together in assembling a relocation pitch for Kubota.
The DRC’s Economic Development experts and its partners worked with Kubota for several months during the site selection process. The team clearly laid out the benefits of doing business in North Texas – including a lower cost of living, a strong workforce and great schools – to Kubota’s leaders, making their decision to move from Torrance, California, to Grapevine, easier.
“It’s so rewarding to see these projects all the way through, from conception to execution,” said Sarah Carabias-Rush, head of the Chamber’s International Team, who also attended the April 7 opening. “It really brings to life the value of our international focus.”
Dallas Regional Chamber members CBRE, Corrigan Investments, Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors, and the Furniture Marketing Group were directly involved in the project as well.
The work that successfully attracted Kubota to North Texas falls within the DRC’s Strategic Plan to raise the region’s profile as a premier destination for international headquarters.
Upcoming International Events:
Seminar: Lone Star Strategies for IP in China
May 2, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
This workshop covers the basics of what Texas company leaders need to know about intellectual property law in China.
The workshop – hosted by the Dallas Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section, and the U.S. Commercial Service in collaboration with the Texas Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – will be held at Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, 75201.
Topics that will be covered include principal Chinese laws affecting patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets; enforcing intellectual property rights in China; perspectives from Texas companies navigating intellectual property matters in China; and laws relating to the importation of goods.
The event is free; a buffet lunch will be available at the event, at a cost of $14.95. Parking will be available at the mansion for $4 per vehicle. Lawyers attending can earn 5.25 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credits for an additional cost.
To register at the event, click here. Registration deadline is April 28.
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