Bobcat Company has announced plans for 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 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.”
According to the company, it is anticipated that the new operation—located at 19850 Diamond Lake Road South on 22 acres in Rogers—will be fully operational by fourth quarter of 2022. The facility will offer assembly space, shipping and receiving docks, employee parking, breakroom, offices and meeting rooms.
The planned facility would be situated at the intersection of two regional roadway systems, Interstate 94 and Highway 101, a unique, high-traffic location. According to Bobcat, this will allow for the optimization of manufacturing logistics by allowing the company to streamline the its supply routes alongside other locations in the region, while also creating supply efficiencies that support both market demand and the company’s vigorous growth plans.
Furthermore, the addition of the Rogers facility is expected to contribute to the company’s strategic manufacturing footprint plan and support its investments in facilities across North America, including the 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 and supports its objective of long-term commitment to employees and communities.
“We will continue to invest in our facilities, employees and manufacturing capabilities, so we can meet the 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, with an initial emphasis placed on hiring qualified material handlers, assemblers and warehouse associates. According to Bobcat, these positions offer competitive pay, comprehensive benefits packages, initial and ongoing training and the opportunity for career advancement.
A job fair is planned to take place on May 25th.