Komatsu unveils plans for new HQ in Milwaukee’s Harbor District

WCN Editorial Team 28 Sep 2018 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Komatsu Mining has unveiled plans to build new headquarters and manufacturing campus near the company’s original machine shop off South First Street in the Milwaukee area, US.

A 2.5 million ft² South Harbor Campus has been planned for Milwaukee’s Harbor District, off Greenfield Avenue.

The company has partnered with the State of Wisconsin and City of Milwaukee for establishing the new headquarters and manufacturing campus.

Komatsu plans to invest $300m in the site as part of its commitment to Milwaukee as a large machining, heavy fabrication and engineering centre of excellence for P&H mining shovels and drills.

Komatsu Mining president and CEO Jeff Dawes 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.”

The South Harbor Campus will include the design and construction of new office, manufacturing and training facilities.

The manufacturing and training facilities will include advanced machine, heat treat and fabrication shops; latest technology, R&D and robotics labs; purpose-built office complex and data solutions centre; global training and conference centre; museum and company store; and City of Milwaukee public riverwalk adjacent to the campus.

The new campus will feature near zero emissions facilities. It will incorporate sustainable solutions such as solar panels, wind spires, remotely operated closed-loop heat treat system, green spaces and LED lighting.

The company aims to reduce energy consumption by 75% and reduce water consumption by 80%, compared to its current operations.

The project is expected to be completed in 2022.

The relocation from the National Avenue location is expected to allow Komatsu to increase the number of permanent, full-time employees in Milwaukee to 1,000 and also strengthen the company’s commitment to its suppliers across the state of Wisconsin.


Image: An initial rendering for Komatsu's planned South Harbor Campus. Photo: Courtesy of Komatsu Mining Corp.

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