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WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa (May 8, 2013) – Kinze Manufacturing, Inc. is opening its first production plant abroad in Lithuania. The facility will manufacture Kinze row crop planters, contributing to its growing market in neighboring countries including Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Hungary. Kinze will hire welders, mechanics, CNC operators and other specialists to work in the new plant. Assembly in this new facility is scheduled to begin this fall.
Kinze also will support local educational institutions in Lithuania by working with universities as well as other professional schools and centers for engineering and production training. It will offer students internships in the manufacturing facility as well as hands-on learning opportunities in advanced manufacturing technology and production processes.
“We were looking to expand in Eastern Europe and were considering a few different countries. We chose Lithuania because of the country’s long standing manufacturing traditions and support from the local government,” said Kinze Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Susanne (Kinzenbaw) Veatch. “We are excited about this new plant and look forward to further expanding Kinze’s innovations to farmers across the world.”