Gov. Jack Dalrymple today said he is pleased that Bobcat Company has chosen North Dakota for a major business expansion.
Bobcat Company officials plan to create about 50 new positions for engineers and other professionals who will perform product research and development from a new Innovation Center in Bismarck. Through its strategic logistics partner, Menlo Worldwide Logistics, Bobcat Company also plans to add as many as 150 additional jobs at its Bismarck Manufacturing Support Center to expand production of the company's compact attachments.
"This is good news for Bismarck and good news for North Dakota," Dalrymple said. "Bobcat's expanding business presence in North Dakota will contribute to our continued economic diversity and provide great careers for our young and talented."
On Feb. 28, Dalrymple met in Bismarck with Doosan Chairman Yongmaan Park and encouraged him to make North Dakota the home of any Bobcat Company expansions. Doosan is the parent company of Bobcat.
Bobcat officials announced the new jobs today and also said the company plans to buy additional property at Bismarck's Northern Plains Commerce Center where they will build an Innovation Center for product development and testing.
Work will begin on the Innovation Center later this year and construction is expected to be completed by late 2014. Bobcat's transition to produce compact attachments in Bismarck is expected to be complete later this year.
Bobcat's expansion plans would bring the company's total Bismarck workforce to more than 200 employees, with another 300 workers employed by Menlo. Headquartered in West Fargo, Bobcat employs about 1,850 people in North Dakota.