Kobelco Opens Spartanburg, S.C., Facility

The concept behind the plant is “Clean and Flexible,” and that a clean plant will produce high quality products.

📅   Mon June 13, 2016 - National Edition


(L-R): Dick Mizzell and Brad Hutchinson, both of Company Wrench, and Tammy Parham of Neff Rental attend the event.
(L-R): Dick Mizzell and Brad Hutchinson, both of Company Wrench, and Tammy Parham of Neff Rental attend the event.
(L-R): Dick Mizzell and Brad Hutchinson, both of Company Wrench, and Tammy Parham of Neff Rental attend the event.
Kazuhide Naraki (L), president and CEO of Kobelco Construction Machinery Company and Pete Morita, president and CEO Kobelco Construction Machinery USA Inc., cut the ribbon. The very first Kobelco SK210LC makes its grand entrance. Pete Morita (L), president and CEO Kobelco Construction Machinery USA Inc., catches up with Brad Hutchinson, president of Company Wrench. Pete Morita (L), president and CEO Kobelco Construction Machinery USA Inc., and Thomas Reynolds, president Highway Equipment Company stand in front of the Kobelco SK35SR excavator.
Kobelco executives, dealers, South Carolina dignitaries and special guests attend the grand opening event. Hiroshi Sato, senior advisor and director of KOBE Steel addresses the guests.

Kobelco Construction Machinery USA held a grand opening celebration of its 157,000 sq. ft. North American excavator production facility in Spartanburg, S.C., on June 2. The concept behind the plant is “Clean and Flexible,” and that a clean plant will produce high quality products. The plant will be capable of producing 1,800 units per year, including the SK210LC and 350LC excavators in 2016 and SK170LC, 260LC, 300LC and 500LC excavators in 2017 to 2018

Kobelco made a powerful return to the United States with several investments to regain a significant share of the excavator market. The company has a strong dealer network that is still growing and the company has expanded its product line with a few new models. In addition, it has enhanced its sales, service and training capabilities and has moved into a new headquarters and parts distribution warehouse in Katy, Texas.

The opening of its new manufacturing facility here in South Carolina transforms Kobelco USA into a company with integrated production and sales — all on U.S. soil. It enables the company to reduce the production lead-time of machinery and improve its ability to meet market needs, while creating jobs for the skilled American workforce, and fortifies its dedication to the North American market.