BISMARCK, N.D. - Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined Bobcat Company President Rich Goldsbury, Bobcat employees and public officials to celebrate the completion of the company's $28 million Acceleration Center. Located in Bismarck's Northern Plains Commerce Centre, the Acceleration Center will serve as a key engineering facility for Bobcat and its parent company, Doosan.
"Bobcat is a great North Dakota success story and this Acceleration Center further positions Bobcat for even greater things to come," Dalrymple said. "The state-of-the-art Acceleration Center will serve to keep Bobcat at the forefront of innovation while supporting local jobs and creating economic opportunities for our state."
Bobcat's Acceleration Center will support 175 employees tasked with initial design, engineering, prototype manufacturing, computer simulation and product testing. The center's research and development teams will advance product innovation for Bobcat compact equipment and some Doosan heavy equipment to benefit customers worldwide.
Bobcat broke ground on the Acceleration Center in May 2013. The project involved expanding Bobcat's existing building to include laboratory and office space, classrooms and product testing and demonstration areas. The Acceleration Center is a two-story facility that encompasses 190,000 square feet. Employees also have 22 acres for outside testing and product development. In addition to the Acceleration Center, Bobcat also operates an attachments production facility in Bismarck. In all, West Fargo-based Bobcat Co. employs about 2,000 people in North Dakota.
Among those who joined Dalrymple and Goldsbury at the center's dedication were Sen. John Hoeven, Rep. Kevin Cramer, Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary and Bobcat employees. The dedication follows a recent production milestone at Bobcat. On July 12, employees celebrated as Bobcat's one millionth loader rolled off an assembly line at the company's Gwinner, N.D., manufacturing plant. Bobcat is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of compact equipment including skid steer loaders, track loaders and compact excavators.
For more information, contact: Jeff Zent or Jody Link at 701.328.2200.
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