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Yanmar CE North America breaks ground on expansion

By Stephen Elliott

June 18, 2023

Yanmar CE North America expansionYanmar Compact Equipment North America (Yanmar CE North America), Grand Rapids, Minn., encompassing the Yanmar Compact Equipment and ASV brands, broke ground on a 32,000-sq.-ft. expansion to its facility. The expansion is designed to increase manufacturing capacity and allow for Yanmar compact track loaders to be manufactured alongside ASV compact track loaders.  

Yanmar CE North America kicked off the project during an event on June 2 celebrating the Yanmar Compact Equipment and ASV brand histories and the company’s employees. More than 500 people attended. 

“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,” said Tate Johnson, president, Yanmar CE North America. “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, the company says. It will also boost parts manufacturing capacity. The new powder paint system is designed to be more efficient with less environmental impact.  

The company expects project completion in spring 2024.