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June 2010

Bobcat adding more than 100 jobs at Gwinner plant

Bobcat has announced that more than 100 hourly positions are being added at the company’s primary production facility in Gwinner, N.D., between now and August. Bobcat is currently accepting applications.

“We have finished transitioning all production lines to Gwinner and are experiencing growth in certain areas of our business,” said Rich Goldsbury, president of Bobcat Americas. “It has always been our plan to build the Gwinner workforce as we saw an increase in demand for our products.”

Bobcat consolidated the majority of North Dakota manufacturing operations in Gwinner late last year as a result of decreased demand for products across the industry. All North American-produced machines are now being made in Gwinner, which was the original Melroe Manufacturing Company plant and home to the first production compact loader in 1958.

Bobcat offers a competitive pay and benefits package that includes a 401K match and pension plan. Working for the compact equipment leader has been more than just a “job” for thousands of individuals from the area, Goldsbury said.

“There is more than 50 years’ worth of history in Gwinner, and over that time, people from the community and surrounding areas have helped build a legacy and had a good career while doing it.”

The new hourly positions in Gwinner include assemblers, material handlers, welders and fabrication operators. The majority are available on the second shift, 3 to 11 p.m., and third shift, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

In addition to consolidating operations in Gwinner, Bobcat also moved a valves and cylinders operation to Wahpeton, 60 miles east of Gwinner, where 75 positions were filled earlier this year.

With the additional Gwinner jobs, Bobcat will employ more than 1,700 in North Dakota.

“We plan to continue with a pragmatic approach to adding positions,” Goldsbury said. “At the beginning of the year we were cautiously optimistic, and now the demand for our products is growing.”

For more information on the open jobs and to apply, individuals can visit the career page or contact any local North Dakota or South Dakota Job Service office, or Minnesota Workforce center.