Momentum at Kobelco U.S. manufacturing facility builds

Kobelco Construction Machinery USA increases it manufacturing capacity and plans several new hires as the facility ramps up to produce 1,800 excavators annually.

Since opening in June 2016, the Kobelco USA production facility in Startanburg, South Carolina, has steadily increased output. Current production includes the SK210LC-10, SK260LC-10 Long Reach, SK300LC-10 and SK350LC-10 excavator models.

Kobelco will increase manufacturing capacity in the fall of 2017 with the addition of the SK500LC-10 model to the U.S. production list. In early 2018, production capacity will include the SK260LC-10 High & Wide excavator.

Kobelco’s U.S.-based manufacturing facility also allows the company to proudly support the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). As a participant of the AEM I Make America campaign, Kobelco has created more than 75 new jobs to date for the skilled workforce living in the communities that surround the Greenville and Spartanburg area.

Kobelco is currently conducting another phase of hiring that will welcome more than 20 new employees in all operational areas including fabrication, paint, assembly and warehousing. The Kobelco U.S. production facility plans to steadily increase the number of employees during the next year.

“This is an exciting time for Kobelco USA as we implement aggressive plans to further our growth and momentum,” says Pete Morita, vice president, Excavator division of Kobelco USA. “We continue to reinforce our foundation in the North American market, expand our team of Kobelco USA employees, and keep Kobelco dealers and customers up and running by delivering industry-leading machines.”

For more information on Kobelco Construction Machinery USA or Kobelco products, visit