Doosan Bobcat has broken ground 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, the company says, 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.
“This is a proud moment for the state of North Carolina,” said N.C. labor commissioner Josh Dobson. “Today’s groundbreaking and the company’s continued investments in North Carolina is a testament to our state’s positive business climate and talented workforce. We thank Doosan Bobcat for their commitment to our state and for providing a safe and healthy workplace and promising career opportunities to North Carolinians
Within the new, connected addition, the expansion will add space for the following: manufacturing and warehousing; research and development; 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.
The Statesville operations have been a part of Doosan Bobcat since 2008, manufacturing Doosan Portable Power and Bobcat products. The announcement comes on the heels of an earlier $11 million facility upgrade at Statesville, which was completed January 2021.
Source: Doosan Bobcat