November Business News: Ritchie Bros., John Deere, Gormann-Rupp and more

November 2009 Vol. 64 No. 11
Doosan's futuristic concept excavator.

With the consolidation, all machines — including the only mini excavators made in North America — will move to Gwinner, home of the first production of the three-wheeled loader — the precursor to the skid-steer loader — in 1958.

“This was a difficult decision because Bismarck has been a vital part of the Bobcat story for more than 30 years,” said Rich Goldsbury, president of Bobcat Americas. “But good companies adapt to change and this is a realignment that will best enable us to serve our dealers and customers moving forward.”

Over the next three months, 475 production positions will be phased out of Bismarck, but as many as 390 positions will be added in Gwinner to accommodate the consolidation. Bismarck will retain 150 positions across product engineering, finance, accounts payable and aftermarket parts — areas unaffected by the move. The Bobcat Manufacturing Support Center also will remain in Bismarck. 866.823.7898,

Somat Engineering
Somat Engineering, a regional consulting engineering firm headquartered in Detroit, MI, announces that Jane Abadir, P.E., civil/construction engineer, has achieved LEED accreditation from the United States Green Building Council. This certification recognizes Abadir as an accredited professional with a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System encourages the global adoption of sustainable green building and practices.

Abadir is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Michigan with six years of engineering experience. She has a Masters of Science in Construction Material Engineering from the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

In other company news, Jagdish Patel has been hired as a senior project coordinator. Patel worked for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for 21 years and has eight years in the consulting engineering industry. He also has a wide range of experience in regulatory compliance and enforcement related activities for municipal and industrial facilities. Patel has assisted clients in obtaining financial assistance through State Revolving Loan funds for drinking water and wastewater related project.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. 313.963.2723,

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