Yanmar Compact Equipment North America – encompassing the Yanmar Compact Equipment and ASV brands – has announced plans for a 32,000-square-foot expansion to its Grand Rapids, Minnesota facility.
The company reports that the new expansion and a subsequent paint system “will increase paint capacity by up to three times with maximum automation, and allow a parts manufacturing capacity increase of up to two times in the previously occupied space.” The project sets the stage for future capacity increases, with Yanmar CE officials projecting the addition of hundreds of full-time positions over the next five years.
“We received a lot of support through the investment of Yanmar Co. Ltd, and several city, county and state grants and loans to help make this expansion happen,” says Tate Johnson, president of Yanmar CE NA. “The expansion will improve efficiency, allowing us to better serve our customers as we continue to grow as a leader in compact equipment.”
The forthcoming new paint system will be more efficient, have less environmental impact, and convert a liquid paint process to a powder coating system, states the company, with more paint capacity for a higher production rate. Plus, the relocated paint system will allow the previously occupied space to be outfitted with robotic weld cells and cutting tables, which will serve to optimize plant flow.
“The growth of the Grand Rapids, Minnesota facility also opens new opportunities for staffing, with the addition of hundreds of full-time positions in the next five years,” states Yanmar CE. “Over the last three years, Yanmar CE NA has increased its staff by 35% and doubled down on quality assurance by adding new positions, tracking key metrics, and implementing Yanmar global quality best practices.”
The company expects to break ground in the spring of 2023 on its expansion, with a target for completion the following year.