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Associated Press, Published May 12 2013

Bobcat readies to transform Bismarck site

BISMARCK — Bobcat is breaking ground Monday on an addition to its facility at the Northern Plains Commerce Centre, transforming it from a warehouse to a research-and-development site.

Officials behind the new Acceleration Center say it's designed to bring the best minds from the farm-and-construction-equipment company under one roof — while also bringing more high-paying jobs to Bismarck.

Bobcat's president for North America and Oceania, Rich Goldsbury, tells the Bismarck Tribune that the collaborative nature of the new facility represents a shift in the company's operating philosophy.

He says that “speed to market is very important.”

Bobcat has hired an additional 135 people for the expanded facility, including 30 new engineers. The building will be expanded to include a second story and a 35,000-square-foot indoor testing arena.