Kobelco Construction Machinery USA has appointed Jordan Sonnier as southwest district business manager. Sonnier will be responsible for providing support and assistance to Kobelco dealers located in the wouthwest region of the United States. He will ensure dealers are supported with the necessary tools to market Kobelco excavators and train dealer personnel on the unique features and benefits of Kobelco products.

Kobelco Construction Machinery USA's next-generation SK140SRLC-7 excavator sets the standard for mid-sized machines and offers full-size benefits with short rear swing capabilities. Performance advancements allow the SK140SRLC-7 to deliver greater efficiency and productivity as well as increased power and speed than its predecessor, according to the manufacturer.

Company Wrench has added two purpose-built Kobelco excavators to its fleet of specialty demolition equipment. Kobelco's newly released SK350D and SK550D were specifically designed for demolition applications and eliminate the need to own multiple machines.

Kobelco Construction Machinery USA's SK130LC-11 excavator is the first model to be introduced as part of Kobelco's next generation of excavators, the Generation 11, which bring power, productivity and efficiency to new heights. The new Kobelco SK130LC-11 maximizes job productivity with its nimble movement and outstanding digging power, according to the manufacturer.

Kobelco Construction Machinery USA announced that George Lumpkins, general manager of marketing, general service manager, and product developer manager will retire at the end of May 2020. Lumpkins is an accomplished professional with a 45-year career in the construction equipment business, with more than 26 years with Kobelco.

Kobelco Construction Machinery USA hosted its dealer network members and thousands of attendees at its exhibit during the recent ConExpo-Con/AGG 2020 tradeshow in Las Vegas. The powerful Kobelco display highlighted the company's latest advancements, showcased its exclusive technologies and featured several new and specialty excavator models.

More than 20 machines will be displayed in the expansive, 31,350-sq. ft. Kobelco exhibit space, including: a revolutionary Hybrid excavator, the first Generation 11 excavator available in North America, an array of new conventional models, and several mini and short radius machines.

Solid progress is being made on the multi-year $227 million, design-build I-480 Valley View bridges deck replacement project in northeast Ohio, an Ohio Department of Transportation initiative that began in November 2017 and will be completed by June 30, 2024.

Leadership from the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) and private partner SSA Marine were joined by U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark Buzby this past November for a groundbreaking ceremony heralding a $238.7 million international container terminal at JAXPORT's Blount Island Marine Terminal.

Kobelco continues to expand representation in the North American market by adding Bailey's Inc. to its nationwide dealer network. Bailey's will represent the full line of Kobelco excavators in Woodland, Calif. "Bailey's is committed to delivering total customer satisfaction," said Jack Fendrick, COO and vice president of Kobelco USA.

In Chicago, Ill., work continues on the final phase of a project that will create a new road between the Loop and Chinatown. Section 3 involves construction of a segment of Wells Street extending from Roosevelt Road to 16th Street, resulting in a new north-south through-street between Clark Street and the South Branch of the Chicago River.