Bobcat to build new 225,000 square foot assembly plant in Minnesota
Bobcat Company plans to build a new assembly plant in Rogers, Minnesota, a northwest suburb of Minneapolis-Saint Paul. This investment will add an additional 225,000 square feet in production capacity and enable the company to streamline efficiencies across its manufacturing footprint in the Midwest region. In addition, the company plans to add more than 100 new, full-time positions at this location in 2022.
"This investment further demonstrates our commitment to our presence in Minnesota, while supporting the growth we are experiencing in the marketplace," said Mike Ballweber, president of Doosan Bobcat North America. "We are dedicated to continuing to expand our capabilities and equipment product lines to empower our customers, and this new location will be an important part of this success."
Bobcat anticipates the new operation will be fully operational by the fourth quarter of 2022. The facility will offer assembly space, shipping and receiving docks, employee parking, breakroom, offices, and meeting rooms.
The location in Rogers is ideal given the benefits of its unique location at the intersection of two regional roadway systems – Interstate 94 and Highway 101. This location will allow Bobcat to optimize manufacturing logistics by streamlining the company's supply routes alongside other locations in the region, as well as creating supply efficiencies that support both market demand and the company's growth plans.
The addition of the Rogers facility will contribute to the company's strategic manufacturing footprint plan and support its investments in facilities across North America, including a recent $26 million expansion at its facility in Litchfield, Minnesota, and $70 million expansion in Statesville, North Carolina. These efforts are part of Bobcat's long-term strategic growth initiatives.
"We will continue to invest in our facilities, employees, and manufacturing capabilities, so we can meet the future needs of our dealers and customers, while continually enhancing excellence across our business," added Ballweber.
The company plans to ramp up the hiring of new, full-time employees over the next 18 months. An initial emphasis will be placed on hiring qualified material handlers, assemblers and warehouse associates for both first and second shifts. These positions offer competitive pay, comprehensive benefits packages, initial and ongoing training, and the opportunity for career advancement roles.