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Daedong Corporation celebrates 75th anniversary

By Adam Freill   

Construction Equipment

KIOTI Tractor parent company honours roots while growing for the future.

Daedong Corporation, the parent company of KIOTI Tractor, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Committed to innovation, Daedong is eager to recognize this milestone alongside staff, customers, dealers and the global equipment community.

“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,” said J.S. Kim, chairman and CEO of Daedong Corporation and chairman of Daedong-USA, Inc.

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 fuelled Kim’s determination and creativity. The brothers’ work resulted in machines that increased food production throughout a critical time during Korea’s industrialization.


Today, Kim’s pioneering spirit remains a defining characteristic of Daedong Corporation and KIOTI Tractor as it exports its products to 70 countries around the world. This past year, the company produced Korea’s first 3.8-litre diesel engine, launched the country’s first remote-controlled and autonomous tractor series, and entered the e-mobility market.

KIOTI Tractor, a division of Daedong-USA Inc., has been providing equipment across North America for more than 35 years. The brand offers more than 60 tractor models, 12 zero-turn-radius mowers and five utility vehicle models, and expanded into compact construction in late 2022.

“KIOTI is honoured to share Daedong’s legacy with customers across North America,” said 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.”




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