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Following the end of a 10-year agreement with CNH this past December, Kobelco will begin directly marketing its excavators in the U.S. and in Canada.
Kobelco is in the process of building a custom HQ and manufacturing facility in Houston. For the time being, the company will occupy space 4690 World Houston Parkway.
According to Kobelco, the temporary HQ houses a comprehensive parts inventory. Equipment will be stored near the Port of Galveston, Texas, in addition to several other ports around the U.S.
Kobelco president and CEO Katsuhiko Morita, will lead the new Kobelco team with past employees Ron Hargrave as vice president of sales & marketing, George Lumpkins as product marketing manager and Eric Hoffman as national parts manager.