Komatsu plans new headquarters in Milwaukee

Komatsu Mining Corp has announced its intention to build a new, state-of-the-art headquarters and manufacturing campus near the location of the company’s original machine shop off South First Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
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A rendering of the planned South Harbor Campus

Staff reporter

PRESS RELEASE: This announcement comes just shy of the company's 135th anniversary in the Milwaukee area.

The company's 2.5 million-square-foot (23.2ha) South Harbor Campus is planned for Milwaukee's Harbor District, off Greenfield Avenue. Partnering with the State of Wisconsin and City of Milwaukee, Komatsu plans to invest nearly US$300 million in the company's future at the site, reinforcing its commitment to Milwaukee as a large machining, heavy fabrication and engineering center of excellence for P&H mining shovels and drills.

Jeff Dawes, president and CEO of Milwaukee-based Komatsu Mining Corp, said: "The new campus provides us opportunity for advancement in state-of-the-art facilities that expand our capabilities on a global scale. Our new facilities will be designed to enhance safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability - all top priorities of Komatsu worldwide, allowing us to better serve our customers and deliver innovative solutions."

Plans for Komatsu's South Harbor Campus include the design and construction of new office, manufacturing and training facilities, to include:

  • Museum and company store;
  • Purpose-built office complex and Data Solutions Center;
  • Advanced machine, heat treat and fabrication shops;
  • State-of-the-art technology, R&D and robotics labs;
  • Global training and conference centre;
  • City of Milwaukee public riverwalk (adjacent to campus).

Once final agreements with all parties are concluded, the new campus will be built with a goal of near zero emissions facilities. By incorporating solar panels, wind spires, a remotely operated closed-loop heat treat system, green spaces, LED lighting and other sustainable solutions, Komatsu aims to reduce energy consumption by 75% and reduce water consumption by 80%, compared to its current operations. Project completion is expected in 2022.

Moving from the company's current National Avenue location will allow Komatsu to grow the number of permanent, full-time employees in Milwaukee to approximately 1,000 jobs. The move also bolster's Komatsu's commitment to its many suppliers across the state of Wisconsin.

John Koetz, president - surface mining at Komatsu Mining Corp, said: "This is a win for the city, state, our employees, customers and the community: together we are investing in Milwaukee's future as a manufacturing stronghold and valued employer. We are preserving existing jobs, laying the groundwork for new employment opportunities, investing in the workforce of tomorrow, and helping attract talent to the area. Milwaukee is a great place for manufacturing. We are proud of our history here and excited to start building our future."