Komatsu breaks ground on Milwaukee mining headquarters

Marcia Doyle
Updated Sep 12, 2020
Komatsu PC35 excavators break ground at new site of Komatsu Mining in Milwaukee.Komatsu PC35 excavators break ground at new site of Komatsu Mining in Milwaukee.

Komatsu Mining broke ground on its $285 million, 2.5-million-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing campus in Milwaukee’s Harbor District. When announced in 2018, Komatsu said it expected the facility to employ nearly 1,000 people by 2030.

The 57-acre complex will include facilities for advanced technology, robotics, engineering and R&D labs; a large office complex, training facilities, a data solutions center and an experience center.

Earlier rendition of Komatsu Mining headquarters.Earlier rendition of Komatsu Mining headquarters.

“Our goal is to create a remarkable workplace for our employees that provides space to grow, will serve as a global center of excellence for Komatsu and demonstrates a sincere commitment to sustainability and our community,” says Jeff Dawes, Komatsu Mining president and CEO.

Pre-construction work on the former superfund site has been under way since the end of 2019 to prepare the site for redevelopment.

Project partners are Hunzinger Construction, EUA and GRAEF, and contractors Hunzinger, A.W. Oakes & Son and Cornerstone One are using Komatsu’s Smart Construction technologies to optimize processes and control construction planning, management, scheduling and costs in near real time, says Komatsu.

“We are excited to see this harbor site transform from an abandoned brownfield to a vibrant, sustainable workplace that provides the community opportunity for family-sustaining jobs for the future,” says John Koetz, president, surface mining. Komatsu.

The company plans to occupy the new campus in 2022.