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Bobcat Company Breaks Ground On $20 Million Expansion To Create Innovation, Testing And Technology Facility

New Acceleration Center will be high-tech home for advancing innovation, and designing and testing new Bobcat products

Bobcat Company has officially broken ground on its $20 million renovation and expansion to create the Acceleration Center in Bismarck, N.D. When complete, the Acceleration Center will be a modern complex for advancing innovation where professionals use technology and modern design to ensure the position of Bobcat as a leader in the compact equipment industry.

The project includes expansion of an existing building as well as development of a new test track and indoor testing facility — all at the Northern Plains Commerce Centre in Bismarck. The expansion of the existing building will include a two-story office building and provide a total of 160,000 square feet of modern workspace. Additionally, a 35,000-square-foot indoor testing arena will be constructed next to a 22-acre outdoor testing and track area. Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2014.

Birdseye_viewThe Acceleration Center will initially house 135 employees tasked with innovating and advancing designs; testing; prototype engineering; and the computer simulation of ideas and concepts. These efforts will be accelerated thanks to the collaborative open environment and modern technology built into the facility.

Company President Rich Goldsbury was the master of ceremonies for the groundbreaking event, while North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, U.S. Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer, and Bismarck Mayor John Warford were on hand to make the ceremonial turn of dirt, which included the use of Bobcat® equipment to mark the moment.

“This is an exciting day as we invest in the future of Bobcat and the future of North Dakota,” said Goldsbury. “We created the compact equipment industry, and the Acceleration Center will ensure the Bobcat tradition of innovation and market leadership continues.”

The Acceleration Center will also serve as a center for excellence and a learning institute for employees. The facility features an open space and high-tech design to encourage collaboration and discussion. Bobcat dealers and customers will be brought to the complex for training and hands-on experience operating the newest innovations from Bobcat.

“The newest designs, the latest technologies and the best ways to apply product features important to our customers will be part of the daily life inside the Acceleration Center,” Goldsbury added. “We take great pride in our North Dakota roots. Today, we have set the foundation for the future in North Dakota.”

The contractor for the project is Comstock Construction Inc. of Wahpeton. When complete, the entire project — including the original building built in 2005 — will mark a $35 million investment by Bobcat in the Northern Plains Commerce Centre in Bismarck.

For more information on Bobcat products, visit www.bobcat.com.

Bobcat Company introduces new dealership in Maryland

BobcatMetro Bobcat Inc. to provide sales and service of Bobcat equipment to customers in Eldersburg, Maryland

Bobcat Company has expanded its dealer network with the addition of Metro Bobcat Inc. in Eldersburg as an authorized sales and service provider of Bobcat® equipment. The dealership is located at 33 West Old Liberty Road, Eldersburg, Maryland.

Since 1989, Metro Bobcat has served a host of Bobcat customers, including those invested in the surrounding area’s agricultural, construction and landscaping markets. With four convenient locations across the northern region of Maryland, Metro Bobcat has established itself as a premier full-service Bobcat dealership.

Unlike other dealerships, the family-owned operation specializes strictly in the sale, service and rental of Bobcat compact equipment. In addition to offering customers a large inventory of Bobcat products, Metro Bobcat stocks a number of genuine Bobcat parts.

“At Metro Bobcat, we continually strive to uphold the core values of the world-renowned Bobcat brand in our day-to-day operations” said David Phebus, general manager at Metro Bobcat. “Providing customers with quality Bobcat products and unmatched customer service is of the upmost importance.”

For more information, please contact Metro Bobcat at 410-795-1500 or visit the dealership’s website at http://www.metrobobcat.com/.

For more information on Bobcat products, visit www.bobcat.com.

Bobcat Company introduces new dealership in Montana

bobcatHoven Equipment Company now offers sales and service of Bobcat equipment

Bobcat Company has expanded its dealer network with the addition of Hoven Equipment Company as an authorized sales and service provider of Bobcat® compact equipment. The dealership is located at 4181 N. Park Trail, Great Falls, Mont.

Hoven Equipment was founded in 1978 by Brian and Barbara Hoven. They originally wanted to focus on the farm equipment arena but have since grown to incorporate both agriculture and construction equipment. General manager Sean Hoven said, “We wanted to carry the Bobcat line of equipment because they are a market leader. No one makes a compact excavator that compares to theirs. Also, nobody makes a broader range of attachments than Bobcat.” As a full service dealership, Hoven Equipment has experienced sales, parts, and service departments.

For more information, contact Hoven Equipment at 406-727-7153 or visit their website:

Volvo Rents ‘Digging’ Its Way Into Cleveland

Anchored by a forecasted growth of the equipment rental industry, as well as an increase in local construction spending, Volvo Rents is looking to grab a bigger piece of the construction equipment rental pie that is currently up for grabs.

A worldwide provider of small-to-medium sized construction equipment, Volvo Rents recently opened a new rental center at 16000 Brookpark Road in Cleveland.

The new store is Volvo Rents’ fifth in the state of Ohio – joining existing locations in Columbus, Dayton, Hamilton and Zanesville – and will service the Cleveland Metropolitan area, including Shaker Heights, Painesville, Lorain, Strongsville and Elyria, among others.

“As the recession abates, the construction equipment rental industry is projected to be one of the fastest growing industries in North America, as more people are choosing to rent rather than commit to capital expenditures,” said Mike Crouch, Vice President of Business Development for Volvo Rents. “Our strong brand recognition, coupled with the growing demand for construction equipment rental, allows us to look to the future with great enthusiasm.”

According to the latest data released by the American Rental Association (ARA), overall North American equipment rental industry revenue is expected to increase at least 6.9 percent in 2012 to total $33.5 billion at year-end. The five-year forecast calls for continued annual growth in rental revenue to reach a total of $53.1 billion by 2016.

Another forecast by McGraw Hill Construction says the growth of construction spending in the Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor area alone is projected to total nearly $4.8 billion by the end of 2016.

In addition to Volvo Rents’ expanding line of Volvo compact equipment – such as backhoe and skid steer loaders, compact wheel loaders, compact excavators and compaction equipment – the rental center carries a comprehensive line of essential equipment and tools for the construction, commercial, industrial and homeowner markets. The focus is on daily, weekly and monthly rentals.

“We believe there is tremendous opportunity in the market, and specifically in the state of Ohio,” said Volvo Rents’ Midwest Division Manager Larry Kirkpatrick. “It just seems like dollars are moving through Cleveland, people are willing to invest here for growth.”

The new store in will be open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., with 24-hour service available every day of the week.

For more information, visit www.volvorents.com.

Bobcat Upgrades 700 And 800 M-Series Loader Performance, Monitoring And Emissions Controls

Building on the productivity of the Bobcat® 700 and 800 frame-size loaders, significant upgrades have been made to the skid-steer loaders, compact track loaders and all-wheel steer loader. These changes incorporate greater machine performance through enhancements such as increased breakout and lift forces, better horsepower management, shorter cycle times and simplified display navigation.

Bobcat Company has also continued to take steps toward complying with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) diesel engine emissions standards by adopting a systems approach to simultaneously achieve standards compliancy and improved machine performance. Upgraded loader features apply key interim Tier 4 (iT4) technologies to provide enhanced loader functionality and reporting for machines with horsepower ranging from 75 to 174.

Machines in this horsepower class include Bobcat’s 700 and 800 frame-size loaders, consisting of seven M-Series loaders: the S750, S770, and S850 skid-steer loaders; the A770 all-wheel steer loader; and the T750, T770 and T870 compact track loaders.

With the capabilities of the iT4 electronic technologies, engine rpm recovery is faster as the engine transitions between torque and horsepower demands, providing operators with shorter cycle times and improved productivity for attachment tasks such as excavating, grading or lifting materials.

Increased breakout and lift forces

Bobcat 800 frame-size loaders (S850 and T870) have been equipped with increased hydraulic pressures and industry-leading breakout and lift forces, resulting in shortened digging cycles. The increased lift and tilt forces on the S850 and T870 will improve machine efficiency in lifting pallets, concrete pieces and wet clay or dirt, and rolling them back to the carry position with less machine effort. For example, the iT4-equipped T870 will have nearly 17 percent more lift breakout force than the Tier 3 model.

Less noise, better fuel consumption

For Bobcat loaders equipped with Selectable Joystick Controls, an optional auto-idle function is available. Auto idle allows for quieter overall operation and reduced fuel consumption. This feature automatically activates, causing the engine rpm to drop to idle if a loader’s functions are not used within five seconds. With the optional deluxe instrument panel, operators can set a preferred activation time between four and 240 seconds.

Horsepower management updates

The new iT4 engines can interpret information that will allow horsepower management — a standard feature of Bobcat Selectable Joystick Controls — to be based on engine torque instead of engine rpm. This minimizes engine stalling and provides additional travel speed at low-mid engine rpm.

New M-Series loader hydraulic control valve

A new hydraulic control valve allows use of the tilt function — rolling out or rolling back an attachment — regardless of auxiliary system pressure. This change makes it easier to operate attachments like planers, wheel saws, grapples, tillers, etc.

M-Series instrument panel updates

All deluxe instrument panels in M-Series loaders, including 600 frame-size loaders not affected by iT4 in 2012, will provide simplified navigation and more in-depth information regarding operator and machine performance. Operators can set three different drive response modes and select them with simple push-button controls in the left panel information area.

Machine performance displays

The 5-inch, full-color LCD screen now offers a display screen titled “Machine Performance,” which provides three functions — viewed only by owner-level individuals — to assist with monitoring key data to determine productivity rates by operators and other project metrics. Those functions include user login information, overall job statistics and user job statistics.

New screens viewed by all users include vital information such as real-time fuel consumption and emissions data. A simplified panel viewed by all users, includes simple universal icons such as “Home” screen button.

Ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel (15 parts per million)

As with all iT4 emissions controls technologies, it is important to remember that only ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel may be used in iT4 compliant 700 and 800 frame-size loaders. Sulfur is a significant contributor to pollutants that exist in diesel engine exhaust, and iT4 engines are dependent on ULSD, which has significantly less sulfur compared with prior diesel fuels (15 ppm versus 500 ppm). Sulfur amounts that exceed those contained in ULSD will damage or ruin key exhaust system components, requiring replacement or costly repairs.

For more information on Bobcat products, visit www.bobcat.com.