Bobcat Company on Monday broke ground on its $20 million renovation and expansion to create the Acceleration Center in Bismarck, N.D.
When complete, Bobcat says the Acceleration Center will be a modern complex for advancing innovation through technology and design. Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2014.
The project includes expansion of an existing building as well as development of a new test track and indoor testing facility — all at the Northern Plains Commerce Centre in Bismarck. The expansion of the existing building will include a two-story office building and provide a total of 160,000 square feet of modern workspace. Additionally, a 35,000-square-foot indoor testing arena will be constructed next to a 22-acre outdoor testing and track area.
The Acceleration Center will initially house 135 employees tasked with innovating and advancing designs; testing; prototype engineering; and the computer simulation of ideas and concepts. It will also serve as a center for excellence and a learning institute for employees.
Company President Rich Goldsbury, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer, and Bismarck Mayor John Warford participated in the groundbreaking.
"The newest designs, the latest technologies and the best ways to apply product features important to our customers will be part of the daily life inside the Acceleration Center," Goldsbury says.