Kobelco Construction Machinery America will invest approximately $10.5 million in its Calhoun, Georgia, operations. The expansion includes a new $5 million, 52,000-square-foot building and a new training center at a cost of $1.5 million. Kobelco also plans to upgrade production machinery at a cost of $4 million.
The expansion enables Kobelco to consolidate training operations, expand production capacity by approximately 15 percent and increase exports to about a third of its total production. The new training center will provide a facility for sales and service training for dealers and company personnel and will employ a full-time technical support staff.