Yanmar Expands Minnesota Manufacturing Facility
Published: 11/9, 2023
Yanmar Compact Equipment North America recently broke ground on a 32,000-ft2 (2,973m3) expansion to its facility in Grand Rapids, Minn. The expansion will greatly increase manufacturing capacity and allow for Yanmar compact track loaders to be manufactured alongside ASV compact track loaders.
“We’ve talked a lot about expansion plans over the past year to our customers, dealers and those we visited with at Conexpo, so it is thrilling to break ground and see those plans come to fruition,” Tate Johnson, president of Yanmar CE North America, told the ceremony’s 500 attendees. “This project is ultimately about better serving our customers, both through expanded manufacturing capabilities and increased staffing to make sure their needs are met.”
The expansion will allow for the manufacturing of Yanmar’s recently announced compact track loaders while continuing to manufacture ASV compact track loaders at the same facility. Additionally, company executives project the addition of hundreds of jobs over the next five years.The new section will house a paint system that will increase paint capacity by up to three times. It will also boost parts manufacturing capacity by up to two times in the previously occupied space. The new powder paint system will be more efficient and have less environmental impact. The Minnesota Trade Office selected Yanmar CE North America as a recipient of the 2022 Governor’s International Trade Award in the Large Company category as a result of the expansion project, which is expected to be completed in Spring 2024.