In a move to accommodate current and future growth, compact equipment manufacturer Doosan Bobcat has recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the 600,000-square-foot addition to its office and manufacturing complex in Statesville, N.C. The $70 million project will enhance the Charlotte-area property with manufacturing, warehouse and distribution space and double its size to roughly 1.2 million square feet.
Located at 1293 Glenway Drive, the Doosan campus sits roughly 42 miles north of Charlotte in Iredell County. The company tapped Shultz + Associates Architects to design the expansion, which will connect to the existing facility and offer such features as high exterior windows for abundant, natural daylight. The addition will accommodate space for R&D; parts control and storage; shipping and receiving docks; open air space for product testing and quality control; shipping and delivery entrance; and finished goods inventory storage. The site will have room for additional parking as well, as the expansion will yield 650 new jobs once fully operational.
Omega Construction is aboard the project as construction manager. Upon completion of the 62-acre expansion, which will increase the size of the site to a total of 154 acres, the Statesville campus will be the largest Doosan Bobcat manufacturing campus in the world. Announcement of the expansion plan follows a recent $11 million upgrade at the facility that reached completion in January 2021. Doosan has called Statesville home since 2008.
Manufacturers’ growth spurt
It’s not just Amazon that requires space in the industrial sector. While many businesses continue to struggle due to consequences of the pandemic, others are in expansion mode, and like Doosan Bobcat, many are bursting at the seams. Other manufacturing companies that are adding to their own square footage include Owens Corning, which announced earlier this year that it will build a 550,000-square-foot manufacturing facility across from its current site in Fort Smith, Ark. At the end of June, Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. announced it will invest $182 million to increase the size of its kitty litter production facility in King William County, Va. Doosan Bobcat is on schedule to complete its facility in the fall of 2022.