Doosan Bobcat North America held a ceremony to commemorate the start of construction for a new $70 million, 600,000-square-foot manufacturing, warehouse and distribution addition to the current office and manufacturing complex in Statesville, North Carolina.
The expansion project will double the facility’s footprint to nearly 1.2 million square feet and add 62 acres to the current 92-acre campus, making it the company’s largest manufacturing campus worldwide.
“This is an exciting day for Doosan Bobcat and our team in North Carolina,” said Mike Ballweber, president, Doosan Bobcat North America.
“As the demand for our products continues to grow, this investment not only increases production capacity and enhances our network of manufacturing operations throughout North America, but it also positions us to support our growing business now and well into the future.”
The investment brings additional employment opportunities, economic growth and community involvement to Iredell County and the surrounding area.
The Statesville operation’s current team of 400 full-time employees will grow substantially through this project, which will result in the creation of 42 new jobs in the first two years and up to 250 new jobs in five years for a total of 650 employees at full capacity.
The new addition will add space for manufacturing and warehousing, research and development, an automated paint line, parts control and storage, shipping and receiving docks, open air space for product testing and quality control, additional parking, shipping and delivery entrance and finished goods inventory storage.
Following official remarks, Doosan Bobcat North America executives used Bobcat equipment to move dirt in the ceremonial breaking of ground.
Doosan Bobcat aims to complete this project by Fall of 2022.