Jul. 10, 2022
Komatsu, Tokyo, marked the official opening of the company’s Milwaukee campus with a tree planting ceremony attended by both Komatsu President and CEO Hiroyuki Ogawa and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers. The new 58-acre campus located in Milwaukee’s Harbor District includes a 180,000-sq.-ft. office building and a 430,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility, which produces the major components of large mining machines, including electric rope shovels, hybrid shovels, draglines and blasthole drills. The location serves as the large gearing center of excellence and the large fabrication and machining center of excellence for Komatsu’s surface mining business.
With the new campus, Komatsu said it aims to create a remarkable workplace for the future in Milwaukee, where the company has more than a century of history. The new facility was designed and built to enhance Komatsu’s goal of “creating value together” by leveraging technology and open spaces, providing a globally connected meeting place for both company and community, and emphasizing sustainability.
“Our South Harbor campus and its many sustainability features are part of our global commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and sustainable growth as a company,” said Ogawa. “This is an important goal for Komatsu along with society, as we all work to do our part to address global warming. Through this campus, we hope to contribute to the Milwaukee community by implementing our growth strategy.”
The new facility also reaffirms Komatsu’s commitment to support the workforce of southeast Wisconsin for future generations, by preserving existing jobs, laying the groundwork for new employment opportunities and helping attract talent to the area.
“With more than 135 years of history in Milwaukee, Komatsu is demonstrating exactly how important it is for global companies to continue to invest in Wisconsin and exactly why they should,” said Gov. Evers. “With well-connected infrastructure, hardworking people, strategic state investments in education and job training, and the quality of life we offer here, Wisconsin is full of potential.”
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