In 1982, with only four employees, the Engine Division was established in Elk Grove Village, Illinois as a part of Kubota Tractor Corporation (KTC). The Engine Division was dedicated to the sales and reinforcement of technical support of the expanding industrial diesel engine market in the United States. Kubota Corporation and KEA pioneered the compact, high-density diesel market as an alternative to small gasoline engines. In response to the continued rise in diesel engine demand in the US market, KEA was formed in 1998 as an independent company and a subsidiary of Kubota Corporation. KEA continues to provide the sales, distribution, engineering, and service-parts support of industrial diesel and spark-ignited engines.
With almost twenty years since KEA was formed, the KEA family has grown to one hundred plus employees and relies on an extensive engine and generator distribution network, along with over 800 dealers in the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean to support its customer base.