BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ Bobcat is breaking ground Monday on an addition to its facility at the Northern Plains Commerce Centre, transforming it from a warehouse to a research-and-development site.
Officials behind the new Acceleration Center say it's designed to bring the best minds from the farm-and-construction-equipment company under one roof _ while also bringing more high-paying jobs to Bismarck.
Bobcat's president for North America and Oceania, Rich Goldsbury, says the collaborative nature of the new facility represents a shift in the company's operating philosophy.
He says that ``speed to market is very important.''
Bobcat has hired an additional 135 people for the expanded facility, including 30 new engineers. The building will be expanded to include a second story and a 35,000-square-foot indoor testing arena.