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West Fargo, North Dakota-based compact equipment manufacturer Bobcat Company has announced plans for a $17 million investment in its Gwinner, North Dakota, manufacturing facility.

“We are excited to strengthen our North Dakota manufacturing footprint,” says Mike Ballweber, president of Doosan Bobcat North America. “This project emphasizes our commitment to continuous improvement and to the Gwinner operation…we will continue to invest in our operations to meet the demand for our products.”

The plan calls for adding 30,000 square feet of manufacturing space to the 750,000-square-foot Gwinner facility and the installation of a new state-of-the art powder coat paint line. The investment in the painting process is designed to increase the plant’s painting capacity and enhance quality as well as provide space for additional verification tests.

“This investment is a strategic step to advance our commitment to quality and manufacturing excellence,” said James Flynn, vice president of operations at Bobcat Company. “This expansion will allow us to support our new R-series loaders and prepare for future demand and growth.”

Construction for the expansion is expected to begin immediately. The paint line improvements will be completed in three phases with full project completion expected in July 2020.

The Gwinner factory complex, established in 1947, manufactures Bobcat skid steer loaders, utility work machines and attachments. Doosan Bobcat, North Dakota’s largest manufacturer, employs more than 3,000 people in the state.