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Brian Willhide, Forum Communications, Published August 29 2012

Titan Machinery breaks ground for Jamestown facility

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - Marking the next step in expanding its business operations, officials from Titan Machinery broke ground Tuesday on a new facility in southwest Jamestown. It’s expected to cost $5.5 million to $6 million.

Titan Machinery is a full-service Case IH Agriculture and New Holland Agriculture dealer providing sales, parts and service to 98 North American locations and 10 European dealerships, according to its website.

Hampered by a lack of needed space at its current location near Business Loop West in Jamestown, the company is looking forward to expanding its operation, according to Tom Hausmann, store manager, Titan Machinery of Jamestown.

“We’ve been looking to grow for some time now, as we’ve felt a little bottlenecked where we currently are,” Hausmann said. “The new facility is going to allow us to sell more and grow the store as a whole.”

The facility will consist of two parts — a 55,000-square-foot parts, exposition and showroom in addition to a 22,000-square-foot storage area. It will be located on a 20-acre lot west of Jamestown Regional Medical Center on the corner of the U.S. Highway 52 and 281 truck bypass and south of Interstate 94.

The project, which is expected to be finished by June or July 2013, is being completed by C.I. Construction out of Alexandria, Minn.

This is one of many projects Titan and C.I. have worked on together over the years, according to C.I. Construction President Rob Thompson.

“We’ve worked with Titan before on new locations and expansions in Mayville, Bismarck, Moorhead (Minn.), and others,” Thompson said.

Thompson said the site of the project was something they tried to purchase about 12 years ago, but the cost to run water and sewer out to the area was not feasible at the time.

Several local officials spoke to the importance of Titan’s expansion in Jamestown during Tuesday’s groundbreaking.

“This is a great site in terms of developing the periphery of our city,” said Jamestown Mayor Katie Andersen. “It’s a tangible sign of the prosperity of our local economy and a physical sign of the growth of our city.”

The nearly $6 million price tag for the project shows positive investment in the community, according to Stutsman County Commission Chairman Mark Klose.

“It’s another big step for the growth and development taking place here in Stutsman County. A lot of dollars are being invested in this community, and I don’t know where else — other than maybe out west — that you’re going to find this level of investment,” he said.

Titan Machinery of Jamestown currently has 32 full-time employees and anywhere from three to six part-time employees, according to Hausmann. He said the new facility will grow the number of full-time employees to about 35 initially when it opens, with hopes that if business goes well that number will expand in the future.