(L-R) at the groundbreaking are Mike Briggs — president and CEO Central South Carolina Alliance; Milton Pope — Fairfield County administrator; Philip Land — regional director of Sen. Lindsey Graham’s office; Carolyn Robinson —
Bomag Americas Inc. representatives along with South Carolina State and local officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Feb. 5 in Ridgeway, S.C., on the future site of the manufacturer’s new North American headquarters. The new 127,600 sq. ft. facility will house 107,100 sq. ft. of spare parts warehousing and machine assembly area along with 20,500 sq. ft. of office space.
“We congratulate Bomag on their announcement of an $18.2 million investment and the creation of 121 new jobs,” said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Coming on the heels of its asphalt paving and reclamation equipment lines acquisition in 2013, Bomag chose this strategic location — situated within 30 mi. of Columbia and 70 mi. of Charlotte, N.C. — to advance product and service support for its customers and distribution network.
“We believe this area offers our company several strategic benefits, such as: close to port of entry, proximity to an air hub for spare parts fulfillment and a climate conducive to offering year-round sales and service training for our customers,” said Walter Link, president of Bomag Americas Inc.
Rob Mueckler, vice president of sales of Bomag, added, “The primary objective of this new facility is to strengthen the services of our North American organization with the purpose of being closer to and better serving our customers.”
A global organization, Bomag manufactures and markets a broad range of light and heavy compaction, asphalt paving, and soil stabilization and asphalt reclamation equipment. Last year’s acquisition of Cedarapids commercial and mainline pavers and material transfer equipment as well as CMI Reclaimer/Stabilizers expanded its equipment offering to road building contractors. Today, Bomag offers customers a full range of asphalt rehabilitation and paving equipment, ranging from half-lane milling machines, reclaimer/stabilizers and material transfer equipment to asphalt pavers and highway-class tandem vibratory and pneumatic rollers.
Bomag looks to begin construction of the new facility in March with an anticipated completion date sometime in October 2014, when the manufacturer will begin the move from its current Kewanee, Ill., headquarters. The new facility’s 107,100 sq. ft. warehousing area includes dedicated equipment assembly space, where workers will customize the company’s compaction and road building equipment with special features designed specifically for the North American market.
“Our Kewanee facility has served Bomag well for decades with an exceptional workforce dedicated to the success of the company,” added Link. “This new Ridgeway facility is strategically located and positions Bomag to meet our customer’s needs today and well into the future. We are excited for this next chapter of Bomag’s successful history in North America.”
“Fairfield County is pleased to welcome Bomag Americas as the anchor tenant in our new industrial park, Fairfield Commerce Center,” said David L. Ferguson, chairman of the Fairfield County Council. “The decision of this world-class company to locate in Fairfield County is further evidence that our strategic location on the I-77 corridor, skilled workforce and business friendly environment provide the key components businesses need to be successful.”
For more information, call 309/853-3571 or visit www.bomag.com/us.