Bobcat Company recently completed its Statesville manufacturing facility expansion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting attended by company leaders, employees and community members. The $70 million investment makes the location the company’s largest manufacturing facility in North America. It will add hundreds more jobs in Iredell County over the next five years.
The 600,000-square-foot expansion increased the footprint to more than 1 million square feet on a more than 150-acre campus, located at 1293 Glenway Drive, Statesville, north of Charlotte, North Carolina. This investment enables the Statesville operation to also serve as a key manufacturing hub by increasing production capabilities and efficiency.
Construction on the project began in July 2021 and took roughly fourteen months to complete. Thanks to this expansion, up to 250 jobs will be added in the next five years. Since the start of this year, more than one third of these new positions have already been filled, increasing Statesville’s team to nearly 600.
The expansion adds space for manufacturing and warehousing; research and development; an 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 manufacturing space includes new state-of-the-art technology to improve production efficiencies and streamline operations across Bobcat’s North American locations.
Production of the Bobcat mini track loader (MTL) will shift from the Bismarck, N.D., facility to Statesville by late 2022. The new MTL production lines are designed to produce 35 units per shift. This means a new Bobcat MT100 will finish production every 10.8 minutes.
Bobcat’s compact tractor line has been assembled in Statesville since launching in 2019, and will continue to be assembled there. The Statesville location also produces generators, light towers and air compressors.
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