Daedong Corporation, the South Korean-based parent company of Kioti Tractor, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
“The spirit of innovation that fueled the company’s founding remains our guiding principle today as we develop quality products that meet the needs of our customers around the world,” says J.S. Kim, chairman and CEO of Daedong Corporation and chairman of Daedong-USA, Inc. “We’re proud of the impact Daedong Corporation has had on the global agricultural industry.”
In 1947, Sam-Man Kim founded Daedong Corporation alongside his four brothers. As Korea battled famine in the wake of World War II, the need for agricultural mechanization fueled Kim’s determination and creativity. The brothers’ work resulted in machines that increased food production throughout a critical time during Korea’s industrialization.
Today, Daedong Corporation exports to 70 countries and is a global leader in agricultural innovation. This past year, the company produced Korea’s first 3.8-liter diesel engine, launched the country’s first remote-controlled and autonomous tractor series, and entered the e-mobility market.
Its Kioti Tractor division of Daedong-USA Inc. has been providing equipment across North America for more than 35 years. Kioti Tractor boasts more than 60 tractor models, 12 zero-turn mowers, five utility vehicle models and an expansion into compact construction in late 2022. In late 2019, Kioti completed a $13 million renovation of its North American headquarters, including a state-of-the-art training facility for dealers; following this expansion, Kioti opened a distribution center in Mississauga, Ontario, further continuing its commitment to the compact equipment industry in Canada by reducing shipping and delivery times to Canadian dealers and partners.
“Kioti is honored to share Daedong’s legacy with customers across North America,” says Peter Dong-Kyun Kim, president and CEO of Daedong-USA, Inc. Kioti Tractor Division. “We’re grateful to our pack of customers, dealers and staff who allow us to empower professionals and hobbyists across agriculture, turf care, construction and beyond. We look forward to being a part of Daedong’s next chapter.”