New Kubota Dealer Opening in Watertown
Westside Implement out of Clark is opening a new dealership in Watertown soon.
Eastside Equipment, the sister location to Westside Implement of Clark, recently purchased about nine acres of land from the Watertown Development Company (WDC) in Calvin Industrial Park.
Calvin Industrial Park is located south of Walmart and consists of approximately ninety acres of land that is owned by the Watertown Development Company for the purpose of commercial and industrial development and the creation of new jobs.
Construction on the new location has already started.
The WDC assisted by helping them find a location and by creating a Tax Increment Finance District to assist with infrastructure costs.
Owner Kyle Gaikowski said that it expects to be set up in its newly constructed facility by next summer. “The dealership will have a 9,000 square-foot showroom, a 10,000 square-foot shop and service area, and a large display area outside facing the 20th Avenue bypass and park entrance. “
The new location will offer sales, service, and parts to Watertown and the surrounding area, and carry the full line of Kubota equipment, including tractors, skid loaders, track loaders, mini excavators, wheel loaders, lawn and garden equipment, and recreational vehicles.
The process to become an authorized Kubota dealer took several months, according to Gaikowski. “It is a very detailed process to become a Kubota dealer. The process started off with an interview. Kubota (then) looked at my educational background, finances … and we were asked to complete a five-year business plan. We had to prove that we could make it work for what we were going to sell.”
Besides the Kubota line, Eastside Equipment will have a large offering of short line equipment that they’ve always offered in Clark, including spraying, planting and seed handling, haying, cattle feeding and manure, grain handling and storage, skid loader and tractor attachments, and tillage.
Westside Implement and Eastside Equipment specializes in repair work on any farm equipment purchased from the dealership. Gaikowski said they will sell service and rent Kubota and many other short line equipment pieces that they offer in Clark currently. “We service all the brands we sell and can accommodate repairing brands that we do not sell. We will also have a service truck with the ability to do in the field repairs.”
Gaikowski believes the new business will fill a void in the area for those who own Kubota equipment and need a nearby location to have their equipment serviced and to purchase parts.
Eastside expects to employ eight when the dealership opens in the spring of 2020, including two sales people, one parts person, three techs, one service and parts manager, and one accounting and marketing person.