Bomag Americas held a groundbreaking ceremony in Ridgeway, S.C., on the site of what will be the manufacturer’s new North American headquarters. The new 127,600-square-foot facility will house 107,100 square feet of parts warehousing and machine assembly area along with 20,500 square feet 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 governor Nikki Haley, one of a number of South Carolina state and local officials who attended the event.

Coming on the heels of its asphalt paving and reclamation equipment lines acquisition in 2013, Bomag chose the location – situated within 30 miles from Columbia and 70 miles from 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.

“The primary objective of this new facility is to strengthen the services of our North American organization with the purpose of being closer tto and better serving our customers,” added Rob Mueckler, vice president of sales for Bomag.

Bomag expects to complete the facility in October, when the manufacturer will begin the move from its current headquarters in Kewanee, Ill.