Bobcat and its parent company, Doosan, have broken ground on a $9.5 million expansion of their headquarters in West Fargo, North Dakota.
Company officials say the expansion of the existing facility will help accommodate growth, drive innovation and improve operations.
“This is an exciting time at Bobcat Company and Doosan, as we continue to grow in North Dakota,” said Rich Goldsbury, president of Bobcat and Doosan North America. “This investment is about maintaining our leadership position in the compact equipment industry, driving more heavy-equipment business growth and creating an environment where innovation and forward thinking will generate the next best ideas.”
The current headquarters, built in 2000, houses individuals within several departments of business administration, as well as product development and marketing communications for Bobcat and Doosan, a heavy equipment brand. The expansion will double square footage and employee capacity.
The companies will pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the facility in both design and construction.
Last year, Bobcat and Doosan opened their new Acceleration Center – a facility focused on engineering, R&D, training and product testing – in Bismarck, North Dakota. The companies noted in a press release that other North Dakota Bobcat and Doosan facilities have undergone renovations over the past two years.
The latest expansion is slated for completion by the end of next summer. The West Fargo expansion will enable Bobcat and Doosan to bring together employees currently working at different locations in the Fargo area.
“We plan to create an environment that helps us attract and retain talented team members focused on helping to move our company forward,” Goldsbury said. “The building will offer state-of-the art facilities for collaboration and independent working, similar to what we’ve done at the Acceleration Center in Bismarck.”
The $28 million Acceleration Center project, completed last year, involved the expansion of an existing building in Bismarck to include office and laboratory space, classrooms and demonstration areas, as well as indoor and outdoor machine-operating areas.