|Takeuchi Celebrates Production of First Track Loaders at New SC Facility|
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."
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.
Komatsu's New XT-5 Tracked Harvesters Provide Maneuverability and Power
To harvest trees in tight, dense and rugged-terrain forests, operators need machines with maneuverability, power, versatility and reliability. With Komatsu's XT-5 tracked harvesters, operators can harvest closer to the carrier and maneuver confidently thanks to a lower center of gravity and off-set boom.
Made to perform in demanding conditions, Komatsu's XT-5 closed loop tracked harvesters enable operators to simultaneously travel, cut, delimb, harvest and swing timber. Engineered with hydraulic lines for each function, operators can use tracks, boom, arm and tools concurrently.
Benefits of the XT-5 tracked harvesters:
- Significantly greater lift capacity
- 10% more horsepower
- 16% more torque
- 5% lower fuel consumption
- Excellent uptime and serviceability
More powerful, more productive
The short-tail swing of Komatsu's 331 HP harvesters lets operators work through dense forests and clear-cutting environments. The set-back boom allows cutting close to the undercarriage and tracks, while the powerful swing torque excels in demanding applications.
Designed to significantly increase lift capacity, handling trees with the arm fully extended is made easier. With an excellent balance between boom lift and arm holding capacity, the XT-5 harvesters can be equipped with a wide selection of harvesting saw heads.
The harvesters can be adapted to the job with two different working ranges. Use the short reach and larger-scaled head to harvest larger trees or switch to a longer reach and more compact designed head to grab trees further from the carrier.
Even on sloped terrains operators can work with confidence. The XT455L-5 is equipped with a heavy-duty, four-way leveling system that promotes front/rear/side leveling for exceptional stability. The fuel tank placement lowers the center of gravity for enhanced stability.
Helps lower maintenance costs and makes servicing easier
With the XT-5 harvesters, you can save on maintenance costs because the innovative hydraulic tank system design requires 55% less hydraulic oil. Pumps are equipped with hydro-nucleation to help prevent pump cavitation and are 17% larger to help extend component life by operating 500 rpms slower. The engine gull-wing and wide swing-out doors on the XT-5 harvesters offer quick and easy access to all engine service points and all key components.
Operator comfort and customization improve productivity
Help reduce fatigue and support productivity by giving your operators a roomy, comfortable work environment. Excellent visibility, especially to the tracks, and powerful heating, cooling and defrosting systems, help your operators be at the top of their game. When working shifts switch, the controls can switch too by adjusting to each operator's preference (up to three settings). Set preferences for joystick, boom, stick, tool tilt, swing, cab leveling and more.
Komatsu Brings Production of HM400-5 Back to the US!
To support growing demand, Komatsu has begun producing the company's HM400-5 articulated haul trucks at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee. While the trucks were produced in Chattanooga in the mid-2000s, in 2009 production shifted to the company's plant in Ibaraki, Japan, where it has remained until now.
Used primarily in construction, quarry and mining applications, the 473-HP HM400-5 is designed to move material across challenging terrain while delivering productive, consistent performance for operators of all experience levels.
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Anderson is Buying Used Construction, Mining and Forestry Equipment!
The market for construction, mining and forestry equipment is currently very tight and your used machine may have value.
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Anderson's Fairmont Branch has Moved to Bridgeport, West Virginia!
We are closing our Fairmont, WV branch and transferring our operations to our newly renovated facility in Bridgeport, West Virginia.
The new facility is much larger than our old facility in Fairmont with three service bays and a wash bay and a larger parts warehouse!
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TimberPro is Expanding its Forestry Manufacturing Operation
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.
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.
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.