Yanmar Compact Equipment North America (Yanmar CE NA) has announced plans for a 32,000-square-foot expansion to its Grand Rapids, Minnesota facility.
The new expansion, and subsequent paint system, will reportedly triple the paint capacity and double the parts manufacturing capacity.
The company claims that this project will set the stage for future capacity increases, with company officials projecting the addition of hundreds of full-time positions over the next five years.
“We received a lot of support through the investment of Yanmar Co. Ltd, and several city, county and state grants and loans to help make this expansion happen,” said Tate Johnson, president of Yanmar CE NA. “The expansion will improve efficiency, allowing us to better serve our customers as we continue to grow as a leader in compact equipment.”
According to Yanmar, the new paint system will be more efficient, have less environmental impact and convert a liquid paint process to a powder coating system with more paint capacity for a higher production rate.
Also, the relocated paint system will allow the space previously occupied to be outfitted with robotic weld cells and cutting tables, optimizing plant flow.
The growth of the Grand Rapids, Minnesota facility would also open new opportunities for staffing, with the addition of hundreds of full-time positions in the next five years.
Over the last three years, Yanmar CE NA has increased its staff by 35% and doubled down on quality assurance by adding new positions and tracking key metrics.
The company expects to break ground in the spring of 2023 on its expansion with a target for completion the following year.