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Bobcat's Acceleration Facility Opens in Bismarck

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 A new facility brings an innovative work environment to Bismarck.

West Fargo-based Bobcat Co. has opened a new research and development center in Bismarck that may help snatch up top engineering talent in North Dakota. 

Reporter Ben Smith reports from the grand opening of Bobcat's Acceleration Center.

A new state of the art facility now calls Bismarck its home.

After beginning construction about a year and a half ago, Bobcat Company and Doosan celebrates the opening of their new Acceleration Center.

A 240 acre facility that now sits in the same spot as Bobcat's old Materials Sequencing Center which closed down in 2009.

It is now the Bobcat's flagship facility.

"We call this acceleration center for a reason.  It would be easy for us to call it an innovation center...what we want here is to take those great ideas that those employees have from wherever they come, and bring them faster and quicker to market, to accelerate those ideas." says company president Rich Goldsbury.

Architect David Shultz  says he designed this with "openness" in mind... 

"The idea really became about the function of bringing together all the team members of the Bobcat company and letting those folks work in an environment like this that is very open and flexible."

"Probably the most interesting element is the fact that there are no offices in the building.  Even the highest level of executives who reside here in this building do not have a door in a office with their name on it." says David Shultz

Employees can work anywhere in the facility, even while working out.

It also has a huge climate controlled indoor-arena where up to 10 pieces of equipment can be tested on one foot of dirt.

And several conference rooms equipped with garage doors so machinery can be driven right on in.

Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary says this kind of facility is where the next generation will want to work.

"It's what younger people are looking for.  A place where they can be very very creative in an environment that is as current as possible." says Mike Seminary

Which is where ideas can thrive.

"It's going to bring out the most creative and innovative skills that people possess." Says Mike Seminary

And he says it is places like this that will keep Bismarck and North Dakota on the competitive edge of industry.

Ben Smith KXNews

175 employees will work at the facility.

Right now, about a fourth of them are only 1 year out of college.
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