WEST FARGO, N.D. —Bobcat Company and parent organization Doosan have broken ground on a $9.5-million company headquarters expansion in West Fargo, N.D.
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Company officials said the addition will help accommodate growth, drive innovation and improve operations.
The current headquarters, built in 2000, houses individuals within several departments of business administration as well as product development and marketing communications for Bobcat Company and Doosan, a heavy equipment brand. The expansion will double square footage and employee capacity, and Bobcat and Doosan will pursue LEED certification for the facility in both design and construction.
Last year, Bobcat and Doosan opened the new Acceleration Center in Bismarck, N.D., a facility focused on engineering, research and development, training and product testing. Other North Dakota Bobcat and Doosan facilities have undergone renovations over the last two years.
The expansion is slated for completion in late summer 2016. Bobcat Company has four other North Dakota facilities: its primary manufacturing plant in Gwinner, an attachments production facility in Bismarck, the new Acceleration Center in Bismarck and a support factory in Wahpeton. The West Fargo expansion will enable Bobcat Company and Doosan to bring together employees currently working at different locations in the Fargo area. Bobcat will maintain its presence at the North Dakota State University Technology and Research Park, a partnership in place since 2005.
The expansion also fits with Bobcat Company’s commitment to fields related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), which has been a major initiative for Bobcat and Doosan, the state of North Dakota and the region.
“We plan to create an environment that helps us attract and retain talented team members focused on helping to move our company forward,” said Rich Goldsbury, president of Bobcat Company and Doosan North America. “The building will offer state-of-the art facilities for collaboration and independent working, similar to what we’ve done at the Acceleration Center in Bismarck.”
The $28-million Acceleration Center project last year involved expansion of an existing building in Bismarck to include office and lab space, classrooms and demonstration areas, and both indoor and outdoor machine operating areas. The Acceleration Center has been lauded for its innovative workspaces and technology. The expanded headquarters building will see many of the same features, and it will be a continued model for how all Bobcat and Doosan facilities will function.