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YORKVILLE — Poclain Hydraulics is planning a major expansion of its North American headquarters and manufacturing plant here, a project that will exceed $20 million including new equipment.

Poclain, at 1300 Grandview Parkway in Grandview Business Park, is a France-based leader in the design and manufacture of hydrostatic transmissions including motors, pumps, valves, electronics and associated services for vehicles. Its markets include construction, agriculture, mining, rail, material handling and industrial.

The expansion to the building’s west side will add more than 60,000 square feet to the existing 105,000 square-foot plant here, Poclain’s only North American manufacturing operation. The project will expand the production area by about 60 percent.

Poclain, which employs about 250 people, said the expansion will add about 30 jobs within three years. Construction is set to begin May 30, with occupancy expected late this year.

The company said the addition will provide the needed framework and floor space to add future processes and product manufacturing.

“The need for this addition is due to the strong growth of Poclain in North America and the expansion of our current product lines,” said Markus Rauchhaus, Poclain’s group director for North America. “It positions us to respond to future growth and will allow us to bring production of additional product lines to North America.”

“Our future roadmap predicts further growth and investment in U.S. manufacturing.”

The general contractor for the project will be American Construction Services of West Bend. ACS President Kraig Sadownikow said construction should take six to seven months. The project will employ about 100 tradesmen, all from Wisconsin companies.

Poclain was established in 1976 and has its international headquarters in Verberie, France. It employs about 2,000 people worldwide and has 11 production units in seven countries. The company said it has more than 330 registered patents worldwide.

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