Kobelco building U.S. headquarters due to fast-paced growth in North American marketplace

Kobelco is expediting its plans to build a North American headquarters in the U.S. based on the fast-paced growth the company has seen over the last year within the region.

When KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA re-launched its popular line of crawler excavators as an independent brand earlier this year, the company never imagined how quickly they’d reestablish a footing in North America. The signing of more than 50 dealers in its first six months drove a significant demand for KOBELCO excavators, a demand that KOBELCO worldwide has diligently worked to support throughout 2013, and one that has helped the company regain market share within its first year of independent operation. 

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the early results of our brand relaunch” states Pete Morita, President and CEO of KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA. “In just a short time period we’ve hired some of the industry’s most qualified personnel, opened our temporary headquarters and parts warehouse, and partnered with our dealers to provide quality, competitively priced products. All of these initiatives are just the beginning of what we have planned for the North American marketplace.” 

KOBELCO Construction Machinery’s fast-paced growth has resulted in expedited plans to build a permanent US-based headquarters. The company originally anticipated to build within 5 years, but started making it a priority this summer, scouting and selecting a location before the close of its first business year. In early December, the company will break ground on its new facility in Katy, TX, having signed a 9 year lease agreement with plans to occupy the building by September 2014. This new, expansive 101,300 square foot facility will not only serve as KOBELCO’s North American headquarters, but also as the company’s training center and parts distribution location for all of the United States, Canada and Latin America. The investment being made in this building by KOBELCO signifies the company’s long-term commitment to the North American marketplace. 

According to Ron Hargrave, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for KOBELCO Construction 
Machinery USA, “The new facility being built will allow us to continue our rapid growth. We are pleased 
to once again be offering our products as an independent brand and are working diligently to ensure KOBELCO positions itself to gain continued market share moving forward. We are Driven By Passion to 
be a market leader of crawler excavators.” 

Further supporting the company’s long-term commitment to the North American market is its 
significant investment in CONEXPO/CONAGG 2014. A 165 ft. x 210 ft. outdoor exhibit in silver lot booth #4408, 
will mark the company’s homecoming to the show as an independent brand after a 10 year hiatus. The 
exhibit will not only feature KOBELCO’s popular line of crawler excavators, but also a new line of 
demolition machines. In addition to equipment, the booth has been designed to create a memorable 
experience for attendees, one the company hopes its dealers, customers and prospective customers 
will remember for many years to come. 

“We’ve been planning our CONEXPO exhibit for quite some time,” states Jordan Lumpkins, Marketing Manager for KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA. “Our booth is celebratory in nature. The show’s audience will allow us to communicate the KOBELCO story to customers, the media and prospective customers from around the world, while offering visitors the ability to kick the tires and get into the operator seats of some of our most popular models.”