New Acceleration Center designed to be testing and technology facility for Bobcat products.
Bobcat Co., West Fargo, N.D., has broken ground on a $20 million renovation and expansion project to create its Acceleration Center in Bismarck, N.D. The company says that, when complete, the Acceleration Center will be “a modern complex for advancing innovation where professionals utilize technology and modern design to ensure the position of Bobcat as the leader in the compact equipment industry.”
The project includes the expansion of an existing building, as well as the development of a test track and indoor testing facility. The expansion of the existing building will include a two-story office building and provide a total of 160,000 square feet of workspace. Additionally, a 35,000-square-foot indoor testing arena will be constructed next to a 22-acre outdoor testing and track area. Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2014.
The Acceleration Center will initially house 135 employees involved in product design, testing, prototype engineering and the computer simulation of ideas and concepts.
Company President Rich Goldsbury was master of ceremonies for a mid-May 2013 groundbreaking event attended by North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer and Bismarck Mayor John Warford.
“This is an exciting day as we invest in the future of Bobcat and the future of North Dakota,” said Goldsbury. “We created the compact equipment industry, and the Acceleration Center will ensure the Bobcat tradition of innovation and market leadership continues.”
The Acceleration Center also will serve as a training institute for employees. Bobcat dealers and customers will be brought to the complex for training and hands-on experience operating the newest products from Bobcat.
“The newest designs, the latest technologies and the best ways to apply product features important to our customers will be part of the daily life inside the Acceleration Center,” Goldsbury added. “We take great pride in our North Dakota roots. Today, we have set the foundation for the future in North Dakota.”
Bobcat equipment includes skid-steers, track loaders, compact excavators, telescopic tool carriers and utility vehicles. The company is part of Doosan Infracore International Inc., Charlotte, N.C., and South Korea-based Doosan Infracore.
More information on Bobcat products can be found at www.bobcat.com.