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Kobelco Eyes U.S. Comeback with New Plant
Kobelco Construction Machinery has plans to build an American factory as early as 2015 to meet growing demand.
The wholly owned subsidiary, Kobe Steel, anticipates spending anywhere from around $9.5 million to $19 million on the new facility, with an annual production capacity of 2,000 to 3,000 units.
Since 2002, Kobelco had outsourced construction machinery to CNH Global of the Netherlands, but that partnership ended after Kobelco’s American market share declined.
“The Japanese firm began building up its U.S. sales network at the start of the year. It has signed sales agent contracts with about 50 companies nationwide so far. Sales in the U.S. are projected to double to roughly 800 units this year,” reports the Asian Review.
New VP for HewSaw
HewSaw announced the appointment of Mr. Tuomas Halttunen, M.Sc. (Tech.) as Vice President. Tuomas’ areas of responsibility now include sales and marketing and after sales operations. Tuomas represents the fourth generation of the family that founded HewSaw 50 years ago and still controls the company today. He has worked in a number of positions at HewSaw, including international assignments at HewSaw subsidiaries and most recently leading the company’s after sales operations.
Caterpillar Employee Receives First 65-year Service Pin in Company History.
Charlie Pittman, a 95-year-old Caterpillar employee, was joined by his fellow employees, family members, and longtime friends as he received his 65-year service pin—the first individual to accomplish such a feat in the company’s history.
Pittman, currently a maintenance mechanic, received his 65-year pin from Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman during a ceremony to celebrate Pittman’s milestone.
Pittman began work for Caterpillar as a hand trucker in 1948, earning $1.19 an hour on second shift. During that year, C.L. Best, Caterpillar’s first chairman, was in position, and the current Peoria Proving Grounds (PPG) opened.
Weyerhaeuser Names Hunter Senior VP
Weyerhaeuser recently announced named of Rhonda Hunter to senior vice president, Timberlands, effective January 1, succeeding the retiring Tom Gideon. Hunter was previously Weyerhaeuser’s VP of Southern Timberlands.
Clark Tracks names Wallingford’s as US Distributor
Clark Tracks Ltd announced the appointment of Wallingford’s Inc as its representative in the U.S. forestry market.
“Two of the biggest names in the industry teaming up to bring machine tracks to the U.S. is very exciting. With Wallingford’s vast experience in traction products and Clark’s long history of manufacture of quality tracks, this is a perfect fit for both companies. We couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity.” According to Shawn Grant, Director of Marketing Wallingford’s Inc.
Wallingford’s will begin immediate implementation of its marketing plan and will see first tracks into stock beginning this fall. For more information or to locate a dealer nearest you can visit their web site www.wallingfords.com
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