Doosan Bobcat commemorates state of $70 million North Carolina campus expansion

Doosan Bobcat North America held a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the launch of construction for a new $70 million, 600,000-sq.ft. manufacturing, warehouse, and distribution plant, adding to the already existing office and manufacturing arena in Statesville, NC. The project will see an expansion of the facility’s area to nearly 1.2 million sq. ft. and an addition of 62 acres to the current 92-acre campus, transforming it into the company’s largest manufacturing campus in the world.

“This is an exciting day for Doosan Bobcat and our team in North Carolina,” said Mike Ballweber, president, Doosan Bobcat North America. “As the demand for our products continues to grow, this investment not only increases production capacity and enhances our network of manufacturing operations throughout North America, but it also positions us to support our growing business now and well into the future.”

Attended included hundreds of employees present with elected officials, community and business leaders, celebrating the project along with company executives. Speakers at the ceremony included North Carolina Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson, Iredell County Commission Chairman James Mallory, and City of Statesville Mayor Cossi Kutteh.

“This is a proud moment for the state of North Carolina,” said Labor Commissioner Dobson. “Today’s groundbreaking and the company’s continued investments in North Carolina is a testament to our state’s positive business climate and talented workforce. We thank Doosan Bobcat for their commitment to our state and for providing a safe and healthy workplace and promising career opportunities to North Carolinians.”

The expansion means additional employment opportunities, economic growth, and community involvement for Iredell County and the surrounding region. Costi Kutteh, Mayor of Statesville, offered praise to the Doosan Bobcat workforce and the relationship the company has established with the community by creating charitable initiatives and supporting education throughout the years.

“This day demonstrates Doosan Bobcat is putting down even deeper roots in Statesville. We are very proud of what has been accomplished through the years and what is beginning here today,” said Mayor Kutteh. “Doosan Bobcat has been a strong partner, and we appreciate their believing in Statesville, providing hundreds of jobs to our community, and continuing to invest in our residents and future.”

Currently, Statesville’s operation team consists of 400 full-time employees, who will observe substantial growth through this project, resulting in the creation of 42 new jobs in the first two years and a further 250 in the next 5 years.

“Since locating in Statesville, Doosan Bobcat has set the gold standard for workforce development programs through proactive engagement with students, parents, teachers, and local government,” said Chairman James Mallory, Iredell County Board of Commissioners. “Recognizing people as their greatest resource, they set an example of providing great career opportunities for Iredell County citizens. We look forward to continuing to partner together with Doosan Bobcat in our joint quest to provide the very best community to live, work and raise a family.”

The investment will provide space for the following: manufacturing and warehousing; research and development; 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.