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TimberPro is Expanding its Forestry Manufacturing Operation

Takeuchi Celebrates Production of First Track Loaders at New SC Facility


TimberPro is Expanding its Forestry Manufacturing Operation

- 11/15/2022

 

To further contribute to the economy of northern Wisconsin, TimberPro, a manufacturer of forestry equipment, is making a significant expansion to its current operation in Shawano, Wisconsin, U.S. Working with Keller Inc. as the construction contractor, the new addition will add 48,765 square feet to TimberPro's existing facility. The company expects to spend approximately $8 million on the expansion project.

 

"Forestry is very important to our state's economy and expanding our operation will enable us to provide more good family-supporting jobs in northern Wisconsin," said Lee Crawford, CEO, TimberPro. "This expansion will also allow us to enhance our R&D capabilities and significantly increase our production of existing and new products."

 

The expansion will enable TimberPro to double the company's production capacity to help meet market demand for the equipment and attachments manufactured at the facility. In conjunction with the expansion, the company anticipates adding new positions for assemblers, welders, machinists and office staff. The expansion project should be completed and ready for occupancy in the summer of 2023.

 

About TimberPro:

 

Established in 2002 and founded by the Crawford family, TimberPro is a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of purpose-built forest machines and attachments, offering tracked feller bunchers and harvesters, forwarders, wheeled harvesters, and felling heads. TimberPro was acquired by Komatsu in 2019.

 

About Komatsu:

 

Komatsu develops and supplies technologies, equipment and services for the construction, mining, forklift, industrial and forestry markets. For a century, the company has been creating value for its customers through manufacturing and technology innovation, partnering with others to empower a sustainable future where people, business and the planet thrive together. Front-line industries worldwide use Komatsu solutions to develop modern infrastructure, extract fundamental minerals, maintain forests and create consumer products. The company's global service and distributor networks support customer operations to enhance safety and productivity while optimizing performance.




Takeuchi Celebrates Production of First Track Loaders at New SC Facility

- 11/15/2022

 

Moore, SC (Sept. 22, 2022): The first compact track loaders have rolled off the assembly line at Takeuchi's new manufacturing facility in Moore, South Carolina. This facility, Takeuchi's first production facility in North America, will eventually produce nearly all the company's compact track loaders, allowing Takeuchi to reduce compact track loader production lead time for its North American customers and better meet market needs worldwide.

 

The North American market has demonstrated the greatest demand for Takeuchi compact track loaders over time, and that demand continues to grow," said Jeff Stewart, president of Takeuchi-US. "Manufacturing these popular machines here is a sound business decision because it eliminates the need to ship them from an overseas facility to supply our North American dealers and customers. However, Takeuchi's global markets are also expanding, and we expect to export more compact track loaders from our new facility as production levels increase."

 

Takeuchi has historically produced compact track loaders at one of their factories in the Nagano province of Japan. After most compact track loader production has moved from Japan to the South Carolina facility, Takeuchi will retool that facility to produce compact excavators.

 

"All in all, our new production facility will help us continue growing our compact track loader business by reducing lead times and helping us get the right units to market faster," Stewart said. "It will also allow us to increase our compact excavator business by allowing our facility in Japan to focus on producing these very popular machines."

 

Forty people currently work at the new 156,000-square-foot production facility and standalone office building, with plans for additional staff to come on board as Takeuchi ramps up track loader production over the next few months. Ultimately, the facility will employ around 150 people, generating even more job opportunities and infusing money into the local economy.

 

"Opening this new manufacturing facility required great teamwork and cooperation between Takeuchi's employees in the U.S. and Japan," said Toshiya Takeuchi, president of Takeuchi. "It is truly an investment in our future. We're very proud and excited to see the first compact track loaders come off the assembly line in South Carolina, and we look forward to the benefits this new venture will bring to our stakeholders worldwide."

 

About Takeuchi:

 

Takeuchi is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer of an extensive line of compact track loaders and compact excavators. Founded in 1963, Takeuchi was the first company to introduce the compact excavator to North America, setting the stage for one of the highest growth product segments ever introduced in the compact equipment market. The compact excavator has become a main line product for both rental and construction/utility companies. Takeuchi continued to lead the compact construction industry with the introduction of the first compact track loader to North America.

 

Takeuchi's New South Carolina Facility