WEST FARGO, N.D. (April 1, 2020) – Doosan Bobcat North America (Doosan Bobcat) today announced plans for a temporary suspension of production at its manufacturing facilities in response to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. For facilities in North Dakota and Minnesota, the temporary shutdown will begin Monday, April 6, with facilities resuming normal operations Monday, April 20. The Doosan Portable Power manufacturing facility in Statesville, N.C., will suspend production effective Saturday, April 4, and resume operations Monday, April 20.
Due to the growing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy, Doosan Bobcat is responding to the uncertain business conditions and supply chain disruptions, as well as continuing preventive measures to protect employees and communities.
“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt operations and is changing our way of life and how we work together,” said Doosan Bobcat North American President Mike Ballweber. “We are taking steps to respond to these changes brought on by this unprecedented crisis, as well as protecting our employees and preserving the strength of our businesses.”
The company is closely monitoring inventory levels, though the supply of available products is adequate to meet current orders and market demand. Doosan Bobcat will also continue to provide support and services to meet the needs of dealers and customers during this temporary suspension of production.
To protect the health and safety of employees, Doosan Bobcat has put in place a variety of preventive measures. This includes travel restrictions, remote working where possible, social distancing practices, increased cleaning and disinfecting of facilities, limited visitor access and other necessary steps, all of which remain in effect.
Doosan Bobcat will continue to follow all guidelines and directions from state and federal governments, with the goal of limiting the spread of the virus and its consequences to the communities in which it operates. The company will continue to monitor the situation and adjust plans, as necessary.
ABOUT DOOSAN BOBCAT NORTH AMERICA
Doosan Bobcat North America is the U.S. and Canadian subsidiary of Doosan Bobcat Inc., representing the world-renowned brands of Bobcat® compact equipment, Doosan® portable power products and Geith® attachments. These companies are industry leaders in the engineering, manufacturing, and marketing of compact construction equipment, generators, air compressors, lighting systems, light compaction equipment, and attachments.
ABOUT BOBCAT COMPANY
Bobcat Company, headquartered in West Fargo, North Dakota, is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of compact equipment. Bobcat® compact equipment includes skid-steer, all-wheel steer, mini track and compact track loaders; excavators; VersaHANDLER® telescopic tool carriers; utility vehicles; Toolcat™ utility work machines; compact tractors; small articulated loaders, and attachments and implements. As a global brand with more than 600 dealer locations in North America, Bobcat is the leader in compact equipment – the industry’s original innovator, beginning more than 60 years ago with the first compact machine and predecessor to the skid-steer loader. Bobcat leads the industry with state-of-the-art technology for its compact equipment, delivering the latest solutions to help customers work more productively. For more information on Bobcat products and technology, visit bobcat.com.
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