Doosan Bobcat plans for a $26 million expansion of its Litchfield, Minnesota, manufacturing facility. The investment will enable meeting an increased demand for Bobcat’s growing and expanded line of compact equipment and attachments.
Doosan Bobcat just opened a new Global Collaboration Center in downtown Minneapolis. The company invested nearly $2 million in this centre, which serves as an easily accessible, centralized location where some elements of the company’s global functions work. It is a location to host global meetings and accelerate innovation.
“These investments demonstrate our commitment to our presence in Minnesota, which is a major manufacturing hub and now a centre for our global operations,” said Scott Park, chief executive officer and president of Doosan Bobcat. “We are proud to continually expand our compact equipment line to help empower our customers to accomplish more.”
The Litchfield investment includes modernize the existing production facility by adding new paint lines, a climate-controlled environment, assembly line upgrades and more. The project will more than triple the size of the current footprint and expand the facility to nearly 200,000 square feet. The expanded facility is also expected to triple its workforce, from the current 100 employees to an anticipated 300 full-time employees.
Construction is underway, with full completion expected by September 2020. The Litchfield facility has been a part of Doosan Bobcat since 2004, and today manufactures attachments for Doosan Bobcat loaders and excavators for the North American market.
“We have enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the Litchfield community and appreciate the continued support of the folks there,” said Mike Ballweber, president of Doosan Bobcat North America. “Our company will continue to expand our facilities and manufacturing capabilities to allow us to meet the future needs of Bobcat dealers and customers, while continually enhancing excellence across our business.”
Bobcat has been making significant investments in manufacturing facilities across North America. Recently, the company announced a $17 million investment in Gwinner, North Dakota, and an $11 million investment in Statesville, North Carolina.