Bobcat Expanding

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Bobcat is expanding in Gwinner, North Dakota. A new, high-tech powder-coat paint line and 30-thousand square feet of manufacturing space will be added to the plant.

Construction is expected to get underway soon. The paint-line upgrades will be done in three phases with completion planned for next July. With plants in Gwinner and Bismarck, Bobcat manufactures loaders, utility work machines and attachments. The company is the largest manufacturer in North Dakota with more than three-thousand employees.

According to the Bobcat Wikipedia page, in the 1950s, Louis and Cyrus Keller operated Keller Welding and Repair near Rothsay. In 1956, Eddie Velo, a turkey farmer in the area, described to the Kellers a need for a machine small enough to maneuver inside a pole barn and light enough to operate on its upper level.

The brothers developed a small, three-wheeled design with a belt-driven transmission, and delivered it to Velo in 1957, to later become the modern Bobcat.

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